Washington Nationals: Ranking the free agents team should re-sign

Howie Kendrick #47 of the Washington Nationals leads off second base during a baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park on August 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
Howie Kendrick #47 of the Washington Nationals leads off second base during a baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park on August 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /
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Ryan Zimmerman is the face of the franchise and deserves to go out on his terms for the Washington Nationals.
FEBRUARY 21: Ryan Zimmerman #11 of the Washington Nationals poses for a photo during Photo Day at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on February 21, 2020 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Ryan Zimmerman

Ryan Zimmerman will undoubtably be back with the Washington Nationals next year. The face of the franchise since day one, signed a 1 YR/$2M deal before the season to return for what many thought was his farewell tour with the team.

Zimmerman made clear if he didn’t sign with the Nationals prior to this year, he wouldn’t sign at all. When the pandemic hit, he decided to opt out of the year.

If baseball is back to normal come next March, there has to be a 100% chance Zimmerman is brought back into the fold. The 15-year veteran turns 36-years old this month and needs to be given the opportunity to go out on his terms.

Ryan Zimmerman has meant so much to the franchise, the only one he has known during his career. Not bringing him back would be a public relations nightmare.

The Nationals would be wise to offer him the same contract they did this year and let him say goodbye to a city who has embraced him since day one.

Zimmerman can be a bat off the bench, occasionally playing first base and designated hitter (if the National League adopts the rule), and ride off into the sunset when the season is over.

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