Tigers Sign Starting Pitcher
After losing Max Scherzer to free agency, and trading David Price, the Tigers have moved to fill one starting pitcher void.
The Tigers announced Monday that they've agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Jordan Zimmermann on a five-year contract.
“We are very excited to add a pitcher of Jordan’s caliber to our roster,” Tigers Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Al Avila said. “Jordan is a durable pitcher who pounds the strike zone and attacks the hitter on every pitch. He’s a top of the rotation type talent we’ve been targeting this offseason.”
Zimmermann, 29, made 33 starts with the Washington Nationals in 2015 and compiled a 13-10 record with a 3.66 ERA (201.2IP/82ER) and 164 strikeouts. Zimmermann, who is 6-2 and 223 lbs., walked just 39 batters in his 201.2 innings and ranked sixth in the National League with a 1.74 walks per nine innings.
In seven seasons at the major league level with the Washington Nationals, Zimmermann has made 178 starts and has a career record of 70-50 with a 3.32 ERA (1094.0IP/403ER) and 903 strikeouts. Among active pitchers with at least 1,000.0 innings pitched, Zimmermann ranks second with a 1.82 walks per nine innings, sixth with a 1.159 WHIP and eighth with a 3.32 ERA. Zimmermann is one of just four major league pitchers to throw 190.0 innings-or-more and start at least 32 games in each of the last four seasons.
Zimmermann was named to the National League All-Star Team in 2013 and 2014, has twice been selected as the NL Pitcher of the Week and was named the NL Pitcher of the Month in July, 2012. Zimmermann threw the first no-hitter in Nationals history on September 28, 2014 against the Miami Marlins. He was originally selected by the Nationals in the second round of the 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
A native of Auburndale, Wisconsin, Zimmermann was a walk on at Division III Wisconsin-Stevens Point and went on to be named a Second Team All-American.
Zimmermann will wear jersey number 27 for the Tigers. The Tigers 40-man roster now stands at 39.