After five disastrous years with the Detroit Tigers, Jordan Zimmermann hits free agency for the first time since leaving Washington. Could there be a reunion in the works?
If Jordan Zimmermann could turn back the clock to the offseason of the 2015 season, would he treat free agency differently?
Sure, he has $110M in his pocket now, which he didn’t have back then, but he also has had to endure five years of pain and misery.
Zimmermann spent seven years in the majors with the Washington Nationals, before electing for free agency. He was an All-Star (twice in fact) who garnered Cy Young Award consideration. In 2013 he lead the National League with 19 wins and in 2014 he had an earned run average of 2.66.
JZimm has a no-hitter on his resume, thrown on the last day of the season in 2014 and during his final four years with the Nationals, he didn’t miss a start. He was that durable.
After going 70-50 with a 3.32 earned run average during his time with the Nationals, Zimmermann hit the open market. The Nationals were only one year into Max Scherzer’s $191.4M deal and still owed Jayson Werth $42M on the seven year contract they gave him.
The budget just wouldn’t allow room to bring back Zimmermann, and off he went. Five years later, Zimmermann hits free agency again and comes with a cheaper price tag.
Should the two get together for a reunion tour?