Report: Tigers in “serious” talks with Jordan Zimmermann

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The Detroit Tigers are in talks with free agent starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann and discussions are believed to be “serious,” according to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of FoxSports.com.

Zimmermann, 29, is a top five starting pitcher on the free agent and he figures to land a solid payday, with MLBTradeRumors.com projecting the veteran right-hander to land a six-year, $126 million deal.

As MLBTR notes, Zimmermann could be the first pitcher to sign a $100 million deal after having Tommy John surgery.

Zimmermann isn’t one of the games elite strikeout pitchers, but he gets the job done and does it well. However, he had somewhat of a down season last year with the Washington Nationals, going 13-10 with a 3.66 ERA and a 164/39 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Zimmermann was born in Wisconsin, so signing with the Tigers would get him much closer to home, which is something that likely intrigues him.

It’s unclear how close a deal is, but with talks becoming serious, it’s a situation worth keeping a close eye on.

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