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Britt Ghiroli of The Athletic reports Ryan Zimmerman has opted out of the 2020 season.
Zimmerman joins Joe Ross and Mike Leake as the first three to make this decision. The longtime National re-signed with the organization on a one-year deal this offseason. The veteran infielder has family members who are considered “high risk.” There will surely be more players choosing to opt out in the coming days.
Ryan Zimmerman wrote on his diary in the Associated Press that he is still deciding whether or not to play this season.
Zimmerman has a three-week old baby and a mother who is considered "high risk" so it makes sense why he is struggling with the decision. The franchise icon signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the defending champs over the offseason. If he were to sit out it would mean increased at bats for Howie Kendrick and Eric Thames.
The Washington Post reports the Nationals are re-signing Ryan Zimmerman on a one-year, $2 million contract.
Zimmerman, who has spent his entire career in Washington, clearly wanted to re-sign following the team's championship season. However, at this point in his career Zimmerman will likely serve as a platoon bat versus left handed pitching.
Zimmerman and the Nationals continue to discuss a potential return for the veteran, and he's confident they will reach an agreement prior to the start of the new season.
Zimmerman had his 2020 option declined by the team earlier this offseason, but it appears that he will likely rejoin Washington at some point. He will continue to see limited at-bats as a right-handed platoon player, so his fantasy upside is not high outside of deeper, daily leagues.
The Nationals have declined Ryan Zimmerman's 2020 option.
Zimmerman was due to make $18 million, and his performance over recent years obviously does not merit that salary. The Nationals are reportedly interested in bringing Zimmerman back at a lower cost, but he won't be relevant in anything but single-league formats regardless of where he lands.