Extensions for starting pitchers are all the rage right now after the big deal the Los Angeles Dodgers signed with Clayton Kershaw. Some teams are right at the point where the Dodgers found themselves with Kershaw with their prospective aces. One such team is not the Washington Nationals however.
They are lucky enough to have a one ace who is still a few years away from having to worry about a new contract and they took care of the only one close to that point in Jordan Zimmermann. The two-year deal they signed Zimmermann to was nothing short of absolute perfection.
On one hand they have two years to evaluate his long-term value which is much better than deciding this season how good he will be over the course of the next half-decade. Also they at least locked him up for that long which takes care of arbitration issues as well. Considering the possible contract for a pitcher who won 19 games with a 3.25 ERA and finished in the top 10 in Cy-Young voting, it is even more perfect what the Nats did here.
Now they can try and focus on getting through the next couple of seasons with as much great pitching as they can muster while not having to worry much about one of the best they have in Zimmermann. Over that time they will also be able to watch any prospects who seem to emerge ready to take a spot at the MLB level as that also will affect any long-term pitching commitments.