Nationals to keep Jordan Zimmermann?

There has been lots of speculation surrounding Jordan Zimmermann’s future with the Nationals after the club signed free-agent starting pitcher Max Scherzer to a seven-year deal.

Many around baseball figured the Nationals would move Zimmermann and his $16.5 million contract for the 2015 season. The right-hander could become a free agent after the season. But Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports the Nats plan to hold on to Zimmermann this year.

The Nationals appear to be going all-in this season, so keeping Zimmermann in the rotation fulfills that plan. He’s been one of baseball’s best starters over the last three seasons. A two-time All-Star, Zimmermann was 14-5 with a 2.66 ERA in 32 starts last year, including a no-hitter in the final game of the regular season.

With Scherzer on board and the possibility of Zimmermann sticking around, the Nationals’ rotation would arguably become the best in the game. Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister project as the other three starters. Scherzer will presumably be replacing Tanner Roark, who posted a 2.85 ERA in nearly 200 innings last year.

–Austin Laymance

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