Latest Update Nats GM Rizzo meets with reps for Zimmermann at Winter Meetings Thu Dec, 11, 12:34 PM
Is extremely polished and poised on the mound. Throws strikes and generates good movement on his pitches. Can also be dominant when he's on his game.
Flaws: : Needs to do a better job of keeping the ball down in the strike zone, or risk surrendering too many long balls. Injuries have been an issue with him.
There were some reports earlier this off-season that the Nationals were looking to trade Zimmerman as they felt that maybe they could not sign him but with no deal currently being rumored they look to be set on trying to lock him up. Zimmerman went 14-5 with a 2.66 ERA over 199.2 innings last season and has been on the the National Leagues better starters since 2011.Analyst: Jonathan Impemba
It sounds as if the Nationals are either going to sign Zimmermann long-term or they're just going to deal him. There doesn't seem to be an in-between. They know it's going to cost them a pretty penny to do so, but they also know that if they don;t sign him, then they can divert that money towards Max Scherzer. With the winter GM meetings starting up this week, we could have an answer for all of this much sooner than later.Analyst: Howard Bender
It's always a little comical when the truth finally comes out. Prior to the Cubs interest in Zimmermann, the 28-year old, two-time All Star who averaged 200 innings over the last three seasons, was roasted in the media about the rejected extension. Now that the Theo Epstein-led regime has shown interest, suddenly Zimmermann isn't the money-grubber he was originally made out to be. There is mutual interest here as the Cubs would love to acquire such a huge talent and the Nationals are deep enough at starting pitcher to shed some payroll if it meant bringing in younger position players to help secure the team's future. Despite the fact that Zimmermann is in the final year of his contract and can be had by the highest bidder in 2016, the Nationals are likely going to be asking the Cubs for one of their prized infield prospects such as Addison Russell, Javier Baez or Arismendy Alcantara.Analyst: Howard Bender
The Cubs are all in this off-season after signing Joe Maddon to lead their team they have the prospects and payroll to make plenty of moves. The Cubs are clearly looking to improve their starting rotation and have been linked to Lester, Shields and Scherzer as potential free-agent acquisitions all of whom would pair well with Zimmerman at the top of their rotation. Analyst: Jonathan Impemba