Washington Nationals: Jordan Zimmermann reunion could be in the works

Starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann #27 of the Detroit Tigers throws in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
Starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann #27 of the Detroit Tigers throws in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) /
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Jordan Zimmermann enters free agency for the first time since leaving the Washington Nationals five years ago.
Jordan Zimmermann #27 of the Washington Nationals looks on during a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on July 28, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

Cons to signing Jordan Zimmermann

One look at Zimmermann’s statistics while he was pitching for the Detroit Tigers and I say to his agent, “good luck selling this guy to anyone”.

It has been four years since Zimmermann started more than 25 games in a year. It’s been five seasons since his last winning record. His 5.63 ERA and 1.44 WHIP over the past five years scream out “beware”, to potential employers.

In 2019 Zimmermann was 1-13 with a 6.91 ERA and in 2020 he pitched in just three games. His time in Detroit was marred by injury and ineffectiveness.

The Nationals fielded the oldest roster in baseball this past year and had more losses than all but two National League teams. Zimmermann turns 35 next year and has labored through most of his innings the past couple of years.

Washington fans remember the good times JZimm had on the team. The no-hitter. The 8.2 masterful innings pitched against the San Francisco Giants in the 2014 NLDS. The All-Star campaign of 2013 where he put up a league best 19 wins. Why tarnish those memories by running him out to get lit up every fifth day?

Do the Nationals dare float Zimmermann a low ball offer which insults a guy who gave the organization nine years of his baseball life, many in the prime of his career?

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