Monday, February 27, 2012

Nats: Weekend Report

This weekend marked a significant event for the Washington Nationals. On Saturday morning, they signed third baseman Ryan Zimmerman to a 6-year $100 million contract extension.

Zimmerman will now stay with the franchise through the year 2019. He was quoted later in the day saying that "It's where I've always wanted to be." I could not agree more!

The main thing that kept the Nationals from resigning the face of the franchise was whether or not to include a "no-trade" clause. Simply put, Zimmerman wants to stay with the Nationals for the length of the contract. Once he got his no-trade clause, he signed his name on the dotted line.

Resigning Zimmerman to a contract extension was a work in progress for about a year now and why not? Zimmerman has hit 128 home runs throughout his 7 years with the Nationals. He has a career on base percentage of .355 and a batting average of .288. Simply put, he is consistently a great player for the Nationals.

Since the Nationals have locked up Ryan Zimmerman till 2019, they can now turn their attention to the few spots on this roster that are weak. The glaring hole currently is at center field. Bryce Harper is showing promise so look for him to fill that role.