Nov 29, 2015, 12:05 PM EDT
After seven years in Washington, Jordan Zimmermann has found a new home. The right-hander has agreed to sign a free agent deal with the Detroit Tigers.
Zimmermann, 29, holds a 3.32 ERA in 178 career starts. In 2015, he went 13-10 with a 3.66 ERA and 164 strikeouts in 201 2/3 innings.
The Nationals will receive a compensation draft pick, as Zimmermann turned down their qualifying offer extended after the World Series was completed.
Zimmermann was one of the Nationals’ first home-grown stars. He joined the franchise as a second round pick in 2007 and blossomed into a two-time All-Star. Zimmermann received votes for NL Cy Young in both 2013 and 2014. He has been the best pitcher in Nationals history since the franchise moved to Washington in 2005.
Zimmermann’s career is one of the best success stories for Tommy John surgery, as Zimmermann had the procedure in 2009 and went on to become an elite starter and highly sought after free agent.
Zimmermann will long be remembered in D.C. for the no-hitter he threw on the last day of the 2014 season against the Miami Marlins. He also came within one out of pitching a shutout against the San Francisco Giants that October.
The Tigers signing Zimmermann represents the first domino in a crowded starting pitching free agent class. Also looking for deals are David Price, Zack Greinke, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija, Yovani Gallardo and John Lackey.
The Nationals are also expected to lose Doug Fister this offseason. With Zimmermann already departing, that leaves their rotation with Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Joe Ross and Tanner Roark.
The Tigers happen to play the Nationals this season as part of interleague play. Detroit will play at Nationals Park on May 9-11, providing a good chance for Zimmermann to return to face his former team.
FINAL NL EAST STANDINGS
ON THE RADIO
As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2015 schedule (subject to change)...
MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.
*All times Eastern. You can also listen to the station on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and online at ESPN980.com. Click here for past audio clips.
Follow us on Twitter
- Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?
- MLB 2018 Power Rankings: Preseason Edition
- The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful
- Per usual, Max Scherzer strikes out Tim Tebow on three pitches
- Camels and players bond at Nats Spring Training
- Nationals Spring Training Schedule 2018
- With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever
- It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future
- May the odds be ever in your favor: Vegas sets over/unders for 2018 MLB season
- Former Nationals pitcher Esteban Loaiza arrested with more than 40 pounds of suspected cocaine