Free Agent pitcher Jordan Zimmermann and the Detroit Tigers have agreed to a five-year deal worth $110 million, according to an ESPN report.
Zimmermann, a former two-time All-Star, must endure a physical exam before completing the formalities. The 29-year-old pitcher went 70-50 with a 3.32 ERA in 178 career starts with the Washington Nationals.
Since Zimmermann rejected a $15.8 million qualifying offer from Washington, the Tigers will now forfeit a pick in the upcoming MLB draft. Since the Tigers’ first pick, ninth overall, is protected, they will give up their second draft choice. In a relatively slow offseason for signings, Zimmermann is the first high-profile free agent to have gone off the board.
Last season, Zimmermann was 13-10 with a 3.66 ERA in a career-high 33 starts for the Nationals. His best year came in 2013 when he won 19 games – tied for most in the National League. “My only regret is that we were not able to bring a championship to the fans of this great city this season,” Zimmermann wrote in a message to Washington fans after the last season ended. “Although I may no longer wear the curly W on my head or on my chest, Nationals fans will always be in my heart.”
The Tigers, who finished last in the American League Central with a 74-88 record in 2015, will be bolstered by Zimmermann joining Justin Verlander and Anibal Sanchez in their rotation.
According to several reports, Detroit is still looking to add another starter, with the young trio of Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Shane Greene competing for the fifth spot in the starting unit.
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