Ryan Zimmerman remains unfazed.

After trying to stop Alex Ovechkin slap shots Wednesday at Capitals practice as the guest goalie, Zimmerman said he continues to not fret about his future with the Nationals.

“We’ve talked,” Zimmerman told reporters after practice. “We’re continuing to talk. I’ve made my intentions pretty clear. They know where I stand, and we know where they stand and we’ve been going back and forth the past couple weeks. I’m sure something will happen. It’s just a matter of time. We’ve got a month, anyway. Nothing going on. Take our time.”

Zimmerman has long expressed his desire to return for a 16th season and understanding it will be on an inexpensive, and brief, contract. He said earlier in the offseason he will either play for the Nationals or play more golf.

“So, we’ll be good to go,” Zimmerman said then with a smile.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Saturday at Nationals Winterfest that he spoke with Zimmerman for 90 minutes earlier in the week.

“He’s a guy that we’re talking to,” Rizzo said. “We’re not going to discuss that, but he’s a guy that some day there will be a statue with his likeness on it in center field, and we’d love for him to end his career here in Washington.”

His career will end in Washington. The question is if it did in 2019 with a World Series title or if another year -- or more -- will be tacked on.


Josh Donaldson reportedly agreeing to a contract with the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday made Zimmerman’s return much more likely. The Nationals have the money and a clear fit for him on their roster. Seemingly, it’s just a matter of time before everything comes together.

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