Zimmerman Almost Gets The Big Bucks

After finishing second in last season's NL Rookie of the Year voting, Ryan Zimmerman was given a $400,000 salary for 2007 by the Washington Nationals.

As the fourth overall pick in the 2005 amateur draft, he received a signing bonus of nearly $3 million and proceeded to hit .287 with 20 homers and 110 RBIs for Washington in 2006.

The Nationals will likely give the hard-hitting third baseman a larger, long-term contract in the future, but for now they get the steal. They have a pretty sweet deal going since Zimmerman won't be eligible for free agency until after the 2011 season.

If you think he deserves more, you're probably right. But in comparison, Hanley Ramirez, the 2006 NL Rookie of the Year, received only $2,000 more than Zimmerman from the Florida Marlins for the upcoming season.



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