Washington Nationals: Jordan Zimmermann reunion could be in the works
If the season started today the Nationals would run Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Patrick Corbin to the mound comfortably. Joe Ross presumably has a spot in the rotation as well. Erick Fedde and Austin Voth auditioned for an extended stay, and failed to impress.
While there are a lot of arms in the minor leagues (Nationals top ten prospects are all pitchers), there isn’t anyone ready for the rotation to begin next year.
Wil Crowe and Seth Romero both saw limited action and showed they need more time to develop.
The Nationals are expected to sign a pitcher who can slide into the four spot in the rotation. Names like Corey Kluber, Robbie Ray, Taijuan Walker, and Jon Lester have been thrown out already. Ray was recently re-signed by the Blue Jays, taking him out of the running.
Jordan Zimmermann doesn’t make the team drastically better. There are a handful of pitchers out there in free agency who are in the same boat he is, however. Whether they are reclamation projects, past their prime, or coming off an injury, the list of mediocre pitchers is lengthy this year.
Needing to address the pitching staff, the Nationals are bound to bring in a couple arms. I wouldn’t be surprised, or opposed, if Jordan Zimmermann was one of them.