Wednesday, February 07, 2007
My Take On Zimmerman's Contract
Today, both Capitol Punishment and Banks of The Anacostia question and comment about why THE FACE OF THE FRANCHISE--RYAN ZIMMERMAN, from Our Washington Nationals, has not been signed, yet, to his Sophomore Year Major League Contract.
Both make good points about WHY, or WHY NOT--Washington should sign him to a longer term deal, possibly avoiding his arbitration eligible years, and quite frankly--lock up Zimmerman before he becomes an everyday ALL STAR PLAYER, worthy of gargantuan dollars--for a far lesser price tag. Good Business for The Lerners/Stan Kasten--Financial Security for Zimmerman over the short term.
To me, if a long term deal can be worked out for both sides, I'm all for it. Ryan's got the maturity and mental makeup that generates greatness in fine athletes. First hand, even I saw this, in our brief time together recently. Ryan Zimmerman is not going to be Joe Charboneau (The 1980, Cleveland Indians, Flame Out Rookie of The Year).
But, the reason behind this post, is what Zimmerman told me, off the cuff, at the end of the ESPN ZONE Winter Caravan Cookoff--on this very subject, while he was signing autographs. Knowing Number 11 had yet to sign a 2007 contract, I just, matter of factly, asked, whether there is a reason behind the delay?
Ryan's response: "No, not really. But, there is also no reason to rush. The team controls my rights. Who knows what might happen."
That's all he said, nothing else more specific. Reading between the lines--Zimmerman is sharp enough to listen (along with his agent). He doesn't have much leverage, right now. But, it doesn't keep him from thinking about business, either.
Ryan Zimmerman, obviously, would like to play in Washington, DC, for a very long time. I think all Nationals Fans would love for that to come true. Recently, I stated that, the handling of Ryan Zimmerman, by Ownership, WILL BE the Signature Event to hold The Lerner Group accountable, owning Our Washington Nationals. And, I figured, that moment was, at least, three years away.
Just guessing. But, it might come sooner. And, that would please me, to no end.