Nationals Agree to Terms with Third Baseman Ryan Zimmerman
Courtesy of the Washington Nationals | 2/20/2009, 11:31 a.m.
The Washington Nationals have agreed to terms on a 2009 contract with third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, thus avoiding salary arbitration. Nationals Senior Vice President and General Manager Jim Bowden made the announcement.
The 24-year-old is the Nationals€ (2005-current) all-time leader in almost every offensive category, including home runs (58), runs batted in (258), runs (240), hits (494), extra-base hits (191), doubles (124), total bases (810) and multi-hit games (137). Zimmerman has played in a club-record 445 games and has made just one trip to the Disabled List during his four seasons in the big leagues.
A Gold Glove-caliber defender, his .967 fielding percentage last season ranked fourth among NL third basemen who played at least 100 games at the position. Zimmerman was selected by the Nationals in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, then became the second player from his draft class to reach the majors when he debuted with Washington on Sept. 1, 2005.
He played his first full season in 2006 and finished second in that year€s NL Rookie of the Year voting, just four points behind Florida€s Hanley Ramirez. A native of Washington, N.C., Zimmerman played collegiately at the University of Virginia.
With Zimmerman€s signing, all 69 players in Nationals€ big-league camp are now under contract.