Pros to signing Jordan Zimmermann
The Nationals need a starting pitcher for the backend of the rotation. Several names have been thrown out there as potential fits, so let us explore Jordan Zimmermann as an option.
During his final four years with the Nationals, Zimmermann made 129 starts and won 58 games. Yes, it has been a long time since he has put forth such positive production. Maybe a change of scenery is what he needs, or maybe getting back to the friendly confines of Nationals Park would cure what ails him. Maybe getting back to the National League would suit him better.
Zimmermann pitched a handful of years with Stephen Strasburg and overlapped with Max Scherzer one year. Maybe the familiarity and camaraderie is what he needs to loosen him up and get him back in the winning ways.
Maybe being on a winning team will relieve some of the pressure for Zimmermann. During his time in Detroit, the Tigers had just one winning season (the only season Zim had more wins than losses as well). During his five years away, the Nationals had a winning record four years and made the playoffs three times.
While the players the Nationals are projected to sign are estimated to make something in the $8M-$10M per, range, Zimmermann can more than likely be had for a lot cheaper.
For his career, Zimmermann walks fewer than two hitters per nine innings. This is better than the career numbers of Scherzer, Strasburg, and Patrick Corbin.
If fans are allowed back in the stands, having a home grown kid (drafted in the 2nd round of the 2007 draft) back in town could help sell a few tickets. Who wouldn’t want to see and old friend pitch and reminisce about the good times Zimmermann had his first time around.