Sunday, March 04, 2007
Will Our Nats Extend Their Hand?
I have read with great interest the ongoing negotiations between Our Washington Nationals and their young Franchise Player, Ryan Zimmerman. Yesterday, Team President, Stan Kasten stated he and General Manager Jim Bowden will sit down with Ryan and his agent, Brodie Van Wagenen, today--March 4, 2007. "Brodie is one of those agents I don't fear sitting down with. I have a good relationship with him," Kasten stated, (while also laughing) on MASN, yesterday.
Mark Zuckerman confirms today's meeting in The Washington Times. And, as "Z" told me last month, he may not control his near future, contract wise, due to his minimal Major League Service time, but, that has not kept him from listening to Washington's offers. "Who knows what might happen," Ryan told me.
Ryan well knows, that HOW OUR WASHINGTON NATIONALS DEAL with him over his contract status during the next few seasons, will be THE STANDARD to which The Lerner Group will be held accountable as owners of this franchise. Nothing else, short term matters more, right now. I have no doubt, Mr. Kasten, General Manager Jim Bowden and The Lerners understand the importance of resigning Zimmerman for the long haul.
Certainly, Our Nationals DO NOT HAVE TO extend Number 11 long term, right now. Ryan is a few years away from Free Agency. But, if Ted & Mark Lerner what to HIT A HOME RUN with their FAN BASE--no time is better than the present, to begin the 2007 Season on a BANG!!
Like many Fans of Washington Nationals baseball, I will be watching today's proceedings very closely. Hopefully decency, common sense, and professionalism will prevail. And, Ryan Zimmerman will be locked up to stay in Washington as OUR FRANCHISE PLAYER for a good six years or more.
Without being forced, will our Nats extend their hand? Its going to be interesting.