In his first offseason as general manager, Al Avila has wasted no time getting busy. In the span of two weeks, he's changed his Detroit Tigers dramatically.
Sunday, the Tigers struck a deal with starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, formally of the Washington Nationals on a reported 5-year, $110 million dollar deal. It was a stroke of genius for Avila, who worked quickly to zero in on Zimmermann and sign him despite the fact the starting pitching market hadn't yet truly developed.
Over his career, Zimmermann has been a durable winner since his Tommy John surgery, meaning this contract could prove to be a complete steal given many assumed he could sign for $130 or $140 million. Generally, Zimmermann was seen as the third or fourth best starter available this offseason, behind the likes of David Price and Zach Greinke.
Instead of letting another team like the reportedly interested Los Angeles Dodgers get involved, Detroit simply got the deal done fast with Zimmermann, a Wisconsin native. It probably wasn't that hard to convince Zimmermann to move back to the Midwest, but in this day in age, the fact that the move happened before the Winter Meetings was a bit shocking.Read more... Join the Conversation...