VIERA, Fla. — All parties involved in hammering out the six-year, $100 million contract extension that Ryan Zimmerman agreed to Sunday morning said several times how complicated a deal it was to author.
There were complex issues like the two year’s remaining on Zimmerman’s current contract, the issue of a no-trade clause, the idea of deferring money for Zimmerman to be paid after his retirement for work done for the team at that time. The total possible money Zimmerman could make over the next nine years is $150 million.
But the Nationals’ will only be responsible, at most, for paying Zimmerman $142 million, a person with knowledge of the agreement said Monday.
Here’s the breakdown:
2012: $12 million
2013: $14 million
— Those two salaries were agreed upon in 2009 when Zimmerman signed his current deal
2014: $14 million
2015: $14 million
2016: $14 million
2017: $14 million
2018: $14 million
2019: $18 million
2020 (option): $18 million or $2 million buyout
There is, as detailed Sunday, a $10 million “personal services” portion of the contract. That money will be paid to Zimmerman in $2 million increments over five years after he retires from playing and works for the franchise in another capacity.
That would add up to $142 million. The extra $8 million Zimmerman could possibly earn on the deal come from escalator clauses in the extension that would kick in in the unlikely even that Zimmerman is traded in the next two years before his current contract expires.
For a refresher on how likely that is, here’s what Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said on the topic on Sunday:
“We didn’t go through this exercise and sign Zim to a six-year — plus option year — to trade him in the next two years. With Mike Rizzo as GM of the Washington Nationals, he will not be traded in the next two years… My feeling on the matter is: Why would I trade a 27-year-old, 28-year-old All-Star player in the next two years? It doesn’t make a lot of sense on a lot of levels.”