The first major free agent domino has fallen. The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a deal with free agent right-handed pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, pending physical, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
Zimmermann and the Tigers were reportedly in serious talks as of late last night, so it isn’t surprising to see that a deal got done so quickly.
Zimmermann, 29, had somewhat of a down year in 2015, as he put up a 13-10 record to go along with a 3.66 ERA and a 164/39 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
In his seven-year career, Zimmermann has gone 70-50 with a 3.32 ERA and a 903/221 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He has never been an elite strikeout pitcher, as he hasn’t had over 185 strikeouts in any season of his career, but he has great command and figures to be a solid addition at the top of the Tigers’ rotation.
Signing Zimmermann will cost the Tigers a draft pick, but fortunately for them, their first round pick is protected, meaning they’ll only have to surrender a second round pick.
With this signing, the free agent market should become much more active with signings. Who will sign next remains to be seen.
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