According to the Washington Post, the Nationals are working on a long-term contract with third baseman Ryan Zimmerman.
The two sides will continue to talk up until a scheduled arbitration hearing on Friday, February 20. If a deal isn't reached by then, the hearing will be necessary to determine Zimmerman's '09 salary. He'll either get the $3.9MM he requested or $2.75MM, the club's offer.
Zimmerman, 24, missed 56 games last season because of a shoulder tear, but still managed to hit .283/.333/.442 with 14 home runs and 51 RBI. He's a .282/.341/.462 career hitter over four MLB seasons.