Cubs in talks with Nationals to acquire Jordan Zimmermann?

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.

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.

Wittenmyer also claims that the Cubs are looking into free-agents Justin Masterson, Jon Lester and Brett Anderson.

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.

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