Ryan Zimmerman has been a member of the Washington Nationals since the team moved from Montreal to the nation's capital. He was a 2005 first-round pick and made his major league debut the same season.
The two-time All-Star hit free agency for the first time this offseason after having his option declined by the Nationals. But that was more of a financial move, and it appears the team is ready to bring Zimmerman back in the near future.
Zimmerman told The Athletic that he expects a deal with the Nationals to be completed soon. That's great news for him and for Nats fans who want to see if a healthy Zimmerman can have a full season in 2020.
Zimmerman is going to have his number retired by the Nationals one day and is one of the cornerstones of the franchise since it began, actually having been the organization's first-ever draft pick following its move to Washington.
He did post a -0.2 WAR season in 2019, though it only came in 52 games. Overall, he has posted a 37.8 WAR since 2005 and is a much-needed veteran on a Nationals team that lost yet another star in Anthony Rendon this offseason.