Cubs nearing deal for Zimmermann?

The Cubs are reportedly in contact with the Nationals regarding a potential trade for right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, according to The Chicago Sun Times.

A source told the Sun Times the teams have mutual interest in the names that have been discussed, while another told the newspaper he expected the deal to get done. That same source also added he expected the Cubs to sign free-agent right-hander Justin Masterson, who struggled in an injury-filled 2014 following an All-Star campaign in 2013.

Zimmermann, who turns 29 in May, is due to make $16.5 million in 2015, the final year of his contract. He was 14-5 with a 2.66 ERA in 32 starts in 2014, throwing 199 2/3 innings.

The Auburndale, Wisc., native has been a workhorse for the Nationals the past three seasons, logging 195 2/3 innings in 2012 and 213 1/3 innings last season while also winning 19 games.

The source told the Sun Times the Cubs initiated the talks involving Zimmermann.

— Cash Kruth

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