The Detroit Tigers have reached an agreement on a five-year, $110 million contract with free-agent right-hander Jordan Zimmermann — pending completion of a physical exam — a source confirmed to ESPN on Sunday.
Zimmermann, a two-time All-Star, went 70-50 with a 3.32 ERA in 178 career starts with the Washington Nationals. He boasts the highest profile of any free agent to have gone off the board in what has otherwise been a slow offseason for signings.
Zimmermann joins Justin Verlander and Anibal Sanchez at the top of a Tigers rotation that has been making a major push to add depth after finishing last in the American League Central with a 74-88 record in 2015. The Tigers are still looking to add another starter, and they plan to have youngsters Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Shane Greene compete for the fifth spot in the rotation in spring training.
Verlander took to Twitter on Sunday to express his excitement after first hearing the news.