Nationals, Zimmermann agree to two-year deal

Jordan Zimmermann #27 of the Washington Nationals pitches in the first inning against the...

Jordan Zimmermann #27 of the Washington Nationals pitches in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park on September 15, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Greg Fiume/Getty Images/AFP)

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Washington Nationals All-Star right-hander Jordan Zimmermann avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $24 million contract with the club, ESPN.com reported Friday.

The deal buys out the final two years of arbitration eligibility for Zimmermann. He can become a free agent after the 2015 season.

The two sides were unable to come to an agreement on a longer extension, opting to settle for the two-year deal before the deadline to exchange arbitration figures.

Zimmermann, 27, went 19-9 with a 3.25 ERA last year. He finished seventh in the National League Cy Young Award balloting.

He was among 10 Nationals players eligible for arbitration. Right-hander Stephen Strasburg recently avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.975 million deal.

 


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