The Chicago Cubs are attempting to bring in Washington Nationals‘ starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. Washington, like other teams, are looking for one of Chicago’s young fielders in return. That includes Starlin Castro, Javier Baez, Arismendy Alcantara and prospect Addison Russell.
However, a source on Twitter are making the case that there is no trade talking between the Cubs and Nationals. He shot down the rumor.
— Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) November 12, 2014
Zimmermann, who is under contract for one more year at $16.5 million, will become a free agent after the 2015 season.
The 28-year-old has became one of the game’s top starters after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2009, an operation that cost him the majority of the following season.
Zimmermann is 53-33 with a 3.00 ERA since 2011. He has worked 195+ innings in three consecutive seasons and posted a career-best 2.66 ERA in 2014. This year he went 14-5 and last year he went 19-9. Both have been great seasons for the right-hander who his working up to becoming one of the top pitchers in the game.