Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman walks off the field during the fifth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Nationals Park in Washington on August 16, 2011. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
"I don't want to gauge my feelings on it. We are working extremely hard at it. ... I'm hopeful. ... [If we sign him to an extension], it would take something off our plate for the future. We have Ryan for two years. It would put a punctuation on Zim, at least, knowing that he would be with us for the long term." (Mike Rizzo, via Nationals.com, 2/23/2012)
Seems hard to believe that a no-trade clause is the only major hurdle standing between the Washington Nationals and Ryan Zimmerman doing a long-term extension. You have to wonder if the stalemate has less to do about dollars or bells-and-whistles (like no-trades) and everything to do about length of contract? Sounds familiar. Unfortunately, Brodie Van Wagenen won't return our texts requesting comment. Oh well.
In any case, we'r...