Nats, Zimmerman agree to terms
The third baseman signed a deal for six years for $100 million with a club option for a seventh. Zimmerman has two seasons left on a $45 million, five-year contract, and the new deal, which contains a no-trade clause, will keep him with the Nationals through 2019.
Zimmerman's agent, Brodie Van Wagenen, says the two sides ''bridged multiple important gaps on major parts of the contract'' during talks that extended into the night.
With work to do, Zimmerman had put off his initial deadline to get a deal done by Saturday, when the first full-squad workout of spring training was held.
He didn't want talks to drag on, fearing it will become a distraction to a team that has some of baseball's top young prospects and expects to make great strides in the NL East.
Zimmerman joins a short list of players signed through 2019: Albert Pujols (2021), Prince Fielder (2020), Troy Tulowitzki (2020), Ryan Braun (2020) and Matt Kemp (2019).
Zimmerman's average salary of $16.7 million on the extension is the second-highest for a third baseman, after Alex Rodriguez. He is guaranteed $126 million over next eight seasons, and the option for the ninth year could raise the total value to $150 million.
The Associated Press contributed to this report