Nationals discussing extension with Ryan Zimmerman?

Mark J. Miller
Scoop Du Jour

Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is only 27 years old, but he already knows that he would like to play for the Nats for the rest of his career, reports. With two years and $26 million left on his current contract, Zimmerman, a Gold Glove winner and All-Star back in 2009, is working on an extension with the team, the site notes.

"The Nationals and agent Brodie Van Wagenen were discussing an extension for Zimmerman," reports, though it isn't known how the discussions have gone.

"I said from the beginning that I want to be here my entire career," Zimmerman said back in December, according to the site. "It's a place where I've obviously grown up. I've learned a lot of things here. I've had a lot of great memories here. I've been here through the times when it wasn't nice to be a National, when people didn't want to come to D.C. Now, I'm here [when] we are starting to become a viable team and people are starting to consider coming here every year. I want to be here when we go from a team that makes the playoffs ... to ultimately winning a world championship."

Last season, the two-time Silver Slugger winner hit .289 with 12 home runs and 49 RBIs, missing 61 games because of an abdominal tear.

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