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VIDEO: Zimmermann not worried about a new contract

Feb 20, 2014, 12:36 PM EDT

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After seeing Homer Bailey sign a six-year, $105 million deal with the Cincinnati Reds this week, it was hard not to think about Jordan Zimmermann’s value with the Nationals. Zimmermann signed a two-year deal with the Nats this offseason, but is still without a long-term extension.

Zimmermann discussed his contract with Mark in a one-on-one interview down in Viera, Fla. yesterday. He says it is a non-issue at this point, that it’s all about the 2014 season for him.

Watch the video right here:

  1. David Proctor - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Jason Parks ‏@ProfessorParks 1m
    Very strong reports on #Nats RHP Jefry Rodriguez. The former shortstop is highly athletic, highly projectable, and can already touch 97mph.

    He’s still young. Our recent re-emergence in Latin America seems to be paying dividends.

  2. Sonny G 10 - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    All JZimm needs to be concerned about is that he stays healthy the next two years and he will get a big pay raise.

  3. tcostant - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    The Braves con’t to lock up there young player and we are waiting on brewing storm ahead:

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/02/20/the-braves-sign-andrelton-simmons-to-a-seven-year-58-million-extension/

    Now nothing is prefect, we might have Zimmermann and Desi locked up at good rates, but Espi might be sitting on at a big number too.

    I just hope this MASN stuff gets resolved.

    • TimDz - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      Those signings could be a great thing for the Barves or it could blow up in their faces…that will all be hashed out in the next few seasons.

    • therealjohnc - Feb 20, 2014 at 6:38 PM

      I do hope the MASN thing gets resolved, but … there are risks for the Braves. They have invested boatloads of money in Freddie Freeman, whose career fWAR going into last season was 2.3, and last year was worth 4.8 fWAR. They’re paying him like he’s going to be worth 3.5-4.5 fWAR per season. Teheran is even more stark; before last year’s 2.4 fWAR he was the ultimate tease and up until that point had earned … 0.0 fWAR. The numbers are similar in rWAR: Freeman 5.4 rWAR last year, 3.8 in the previous two+ seasons, Teheran 3.2 rWAR last year, -0.1 rWAR to that point. Investing heavily in a closer is always risky; one whose metrics slipped ever so slightly last year is a little more risky (although Kimbrel could slip quite a bit and still be really, really good). And finally, Simmons is a good-glove, questionable-bat SS. His OBP sucks, and his BABIP is bad largely because he hits a lot of fly balls (39.1% vs. 35.4% league average) and infield popups (17.8% vs. 11.7% league average). If he sustains his unexpected power then you can kind of live with it, but since he had hit nine HRs (six in the minors, three in the majors) in three seasons you have to wonder whether the power is for real.

      Bottom line, if 2013 was the norm for these guys going forward (and they are young), then the moves are genius. If these guys have a career arc like Nick Markakis (etc), then rather less so.

  4. Section 222 - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Freeman, Kimbrell, Simmons. Not a bad off season for the Braves front office. Of course, they have BJ and Uggla still on their payroll, so it’s not like they are geniuses or anything.

    • unkyd59 - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      Does that Simmons deal buy any FA years? This past was his rookie year, right? So they basically got him covered through his arb years and another one or two…? Kid seems like a pretty good bet, and there’ll be no drama, for awhile. Seems like a good deal…

  5. naterialguy - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    I have 4 extra tickets for March 1st spring training game if anyone is interested

  6. TimDz - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    The big thing as I see it that Znn wants to be paid what he is worth, but his worth NOW will most likely be less than his worth in two years. Between now and then, pitchers that are of the same skill level or even of lesser skill will continue to sign long term deals worth big money. He therefore has no real motivation to sign at this point.

    I think the Nationals will be fair with him, but the money that Homer Bailey signed for will be obsolete next season, replaced, most likely, by another silly long term deal…

    • Eugene in Oregon - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      Actually, he does have a motivation to sign now. Two, in fact. One is the possibility of a significant injury. The other is the possibility that his performance will decline over the next two years. If I were a better mathematician, I could put together an equation or create a nice graph to capture that notion, but — in prose — he and his agent have balance the value of a guaranteed contract signed today vs. the expected value of a higher dollar-figure contact, but that expected value has to be reduced somewhat by the probabilities (10%? 20%?) that one of those two negative things might happen.

      • Section 222 - Feb 20, 2014 at 5:41 PM

        People always talk about how the risk of injury encourages players to sign extensions for guaranteed money, but (1) that rarely if ever means that the deal is at below market value; and (2) JZnn really doesn’t seem worried about injuries. He wants to get paid, and he will.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:58 PM

        I’m not suggesting that the player would sign for below market value. What I’m suggesting is that a player has a motivation to sign at today’s market value as opposed to his (or his agent’s) prediction of what market value would be in two or three years (i.e., when free agency kicks in).

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