Nationals Avoid Arb With Ryan Zimmerman

1:49pm: The Nationals and Zimmerman still hope to hammer out a long-term deal, according to Harlan.

8:37am: According to Chico Harlan of the Washington Post, the Nationals avoided arbitration with third baseman Ryan Zimmerman by signing him at $3.325MM for ’09 (the midpoint of the submissions).

The Nationals hope to sign Zimmerman long-term; they have him under team control through 2011.  Back on January 26th, Nationals president Stan Kasten noted, "I know it’s just a coincidence that [Zimmerman and Ryan Howard] have the same agent who doesn’t seem to like to do long-term contracts before free agency," in reference to Casey Close.

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