VIERA, Fla. — Ryan Zimmerman made it clear. He wants to be a member of the Washington Nationals for the duration of his career.
His new deal will keep him in Washington at least through 2019. Zimmerman and the Nationals agreed on a six-year contract worth $100 million that will kick in after the two years remaining on his existing contract expire. An option could extend the deal longer.
“This is where I want to be and where I always wanted to be,” Zimmerman said. “I’ve been here when times were bad. They’ve done a great job of building this organization up. We have young guys who are just now starting to get here and we’re going to be good for a long time. I wanted to make sure I was here for that.