The right-handed starter Jordan Zimmermann has signed a two-year deal worth $24 million. This comes right before the deadline for arbitration. With this signing he will be under Nationals control until after the 2015 season when he will become a free-agent.
Zimmermann will make $7.5 million in 2014 and $16.5 million in 2015. FanGraphs had him earning $17.8 so they were pretty close on that one. Zimmermann will be getting paid more money than David Price on a one-year-deal in 2015. Let that sink in for a second.
Zimmermann has been good, but not THAT good. The Nationals front office is looking too much into the amount of wins he has and not everything else. It is great that he won 19 games, but that is all dependable on other factors as well, just not Zimmermann.
Zimmermann’s FIP has been around 3.5 each of the last two seasons, that is above average to great on the scale. David Price has been right at 3 the last two seasons. That is the difference. A half of a point difference is huge, and Zimmermann is just not at the caliber David Price is.
Either way Zimmermann will be in the nation’s capital for the next two seasons.