Nationals re-sign franchise icon Ryan Zimmerman


Washington Nationals icon Ryan Zimmerman will return to the team in 2021.

Friday, RADIO.COM MLB Insider Bob Nightengale reported that the two sides reached an agreement on a one-year/$1 million deal for the upcoming season.

A two-time All-Star, Zimmerman has spent his entire career with the Nationals, debuting in 2005, the franchise's first season in D.C. after relocating from Montreal. Zimmerman opted out of the 2020 season, but homered 13 times and drove in 51 runs two seasons ago, helping the Nationals to win their first ever World Series title.

Now 36, Zimmerman is exclusively a first baseman at this stage of his career. Though he'll get the chance to start against some left-handed pitchers, offseason acquisition Josh Bell is likely to get a bulk of the starts at first base. If the DH returns, Zimmerman will be an option there, and if not, he'll become one of Davey Martinez's top pinch-hitting options.

Following their World Series victory in 2019, the Nationals went just 26-34 in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, finishing in a tie for last place in the crowded National League East.

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