The first big free agent is reportedly off the board as Jordan Zimmermann has agreed to a 5-year, $110 million deal with the Detroit Tigers.
Jon Heyman was the first to report the agreement.
zimmermann and tigers have reached a deal
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 29, 2015
Zimmermann is 70-50 in his career with a 3.32 ERA in 178 starts, all with the Washington Nationals. He will join Justin Verlander and Anibal Sanchez at the top of the Tigers rotation, which is looking for a replacement for David Price.
Zimmermann made a career-high 33 starts last season, finishing with a 3.66 ERA. His 810 innings in the last four seasons trail just Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner.
The right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery in 2009, but hasn’t showed any signs of slowing down. The move to Detroit also brings the Wisconsin native closer to home.
The Tigers will likely look for one more starting pitcher to join the rotation and fill it out with Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd or Shane Greene.
Zimmermann is the latest acquisition for new GM Al Avila. Detroit has already traded for Cameron Maybin and Francisco Rodriguez.