Zimmermann to sign with Tigers

DETROIT —As of early Sunday, the Tigers were swimming in the starting pitching waters.

Now, they reportedly have caught the first big fish of the baseball off-season.

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the team has agreed to terms with right-handed starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, pending a physical.

And according to Jon Paul Morosi, of Fox Sports, the deal is expected to be for five years and $110 million.

Zimmermann, 29, posted a 3.66 ERA this past season with the Nationals, striking out 164 batters in 201 2/3 innings.

He has thrown over 190 innings in each of the last four seasons, with two All-Star appearances to his name.

For his career, Zimmermann has a 3.32 ERA in seven seasons.

By adding Zimmermann, the team checks off its most crucial need this off-season: A front-line starting pitcher.

Zimmermann was regarded as one of the five best starting pitchers on the free agent market, thought of as a first-tier arm by some and second-tier by others, and would be the latest player to receive a lucrative, multi-year deal from longtime Tigers owner Mike Ilitch.

He will slot second into their 2016 rotation, behind ace righty Justin Verlander and ahead of righty Anibal Sanchez and lefty Daniel
Norris.

This past season, Zimmermann’s solid numbers slipped, posting career-highs in ERA (3.66), WHIP (1.20), hits (204) and home runs (24). But for the fourth consecutive season, he made 30-plus starts.

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