According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the Washington Nationals are informing teams that both starting pitcher’s Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister are “available if the deal makes sense.” It will surley require a strong return to draw both the solid starters away from their home in Washington D.C.
The #Nats are informing teams that ace Jordan Zimmermann is available,but only if they get strong return,emphasizing it is not a salary dump
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 20, 2014
Also, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish wrote that the Nationals are one of the teams that he hears will make a serious run at Max Scherzer. The Nationals could trade Zimmerman and spend huge money and lose a draft pick to bring in a new ace.
Zimmermann is eligible for free agency in just one season. After the season is over, he is expecting a ton of money. If the Nationals shop him, it makes sense. Looking at their current starting rotation, they should be okay. Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Doug Fister, and Tanner Roark in the rotation.
If the squad gets rid of Fister, then they most likely will keep Zimmermann. Fister is in almost the same situation as Zimmermann. He will make $7.2 million in the 2015 season and then will become a free agent next season, but he is not expecting as much of a payday as Zimmermann.
The Nationals GM Mike Rizzo has a good history with the free agent ace, points out Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. He drafted Scherzer back in 2006. That was when Rizzo was a scouting director. Scherzer’s agent, Scott Boras, has a relationship with multiple Nationals including pitcher Strasburg, outfielder Bryce Harper and outfielder Jayson Werth. They are all Boras’ clients.
Fister won 16 games this season, while posting a 2.41 ERA. It was his first year with the team after being traded by the Detroit Tigers.
Zimmermann put up a 14-5 record, along with a 2.66 ERA. He added a career high 1.072 WHIP and struck out 8.2 batters per nine innings. He also tossed a no-hitter in the Nationals last game of the regular season.