The 35-year-old was a free agent, but was never expected to play with another team, rather just re-sign with the Nationals or retire. He was the first ever player drafted by the Nationals in 2005 after they moved on from being the Montreal Expos. All of his 15 major league seasons have been with him, and he finally got a World Series ring this past October in his team's victory over the Houston Astros.
He does hold the franchise records for hits, doubles, total bases, home runs, and RBIs, but is coming off an injury-riddled 2019 campaign. Zimmerman was limited to just 52 games and batted just .257 with six home runs and 27 RBIs. He used his experience from 100-loss seasons to early Postseason exits to lead the team, despite splitting playing time with Howie Kendrick and Eric Thames at the not-so-hot corner. He is expected to split time in the 2020 campaign after Kendrick re-signed with the team earlier this off-season.
In another minor NL East note, the Miami Marlins added to their bullpen by agreeing with Brandon Kintzler on a one-year contract. The deal is worth $3 million, and does including a $4 million option for the 2021 campaign, or a $250,000 buyout. The 35-year-old was very impressive for the Chicago Cubs in 2019, posting a 2.68 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP. This will be his second stint with the Marlins, but his best time came while with the Minnesota Twins, where he was an American League All-Star. The former 40th-round draft pick of the New York Yankees could be the ninth inning option for Miami, but definitely the option against lefties, who hit just .163 against him.