Following an improbable World Series victory, the Washington Nationals have stayed busy this offseason, adding pitcher Will Harris and second baseman Starlin Castro, among others, while retaining key contributors Howie Kendrick and Daniel Hudson.
However, despite all the team's aggressive moves, the situation regarding veteran first baseman Ryan Zimmerman's potential return has yet to be resolved. The 15-year veteran met with GM Mike Rizzo for over an hour this past week, but it doesn't seem as if anything has been decided.
Zimmerman has been a member of the Nats since 2005, the first season of existence for the franchise once known as the Montreal Expos. To see him play for any other ball club at this stage in his career would be incredibly disappointing, as he has been a proud member of this team through thick and thin.
Even with newly-signed Eric Thames likely slotting into the starting role at first base, there is still a chance that the team re-signs Zimmerman to serve in a platoon/utility role.
For a player like Zimmerman -- who is virtually synonymous with the Nationals organization -- to leave following the biggest victory in franchise history, would be an incredibly bittersweet ending to a great career. Here's hoping that Washington comes to their senses and resolves this issue soon.