Nats reach deals with Zimmerman, Desmond
Zimmermann and Desmond, two homegrown cornerstones of the team, received two-year contracts. The Nationals announced the deals on its Twitter feed but declined to reveal the financial terms.
Other Nationals players agreeing to contracts before Friday's deadline for submitting arbitration figures included former closer Drew Storen, catcher Wilson Ramos, and lefties Ross Detwiler and Jerry Blevins.
Two other Nationals players filed for salary arbitration Tuesday: right-handed starter Doug Fister, who was acquired from the Detroit Tigers in a trade this offseason, and right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard.
Zimmermann went 19-9 with a 3.25 ERA over 213 1-3 innings last season for the Nationals, who went 86-76 and finished second in the NL East, failing to reach the playoffs.
Desmond hit .280 with 20 homers and 80 RBIs in 2013, along with a career-best .971 fielding percentage. He was an NL All-Star in 2012, when he hit 25 homers and helped Washington win its division.
Ramos hit .272 with 16 homers in only 287 at-bats, missing time because of leg injuries.
Storen was 4-2 with three saves and a 4.52 ERA in 61 2-3 innings in 2013, when he also was sent to Triple-A Syracuse in July for a brief stint in the minors. He had 43 saves in 2011, missed the first part of 2012 because of right elbow surgery, then switched to a setup role last season after Washington signed Rafael Soriano.
Detwiler was 2-7 with a 4.04 ERA in 2013, splitting time between the rotation and bullpen.
Washington got Blevins from the Oakland Athletics in a trade last month. He was 5-0 with a 3.15 ERA in a career-high 67 games in 2013.