This much is clear: based on yesterday's news of a five-year, $42 million extension for Gio Gonzalez, the Nats consider Nat Gio to be an important piece of the organization's future.
Good on the Nats for extending him now (*shrug* why now?): Sounds like Jordan Zimmermann could be next in line, and this sets the bar.
But what about that other guy, Ryan Zimmerman? Where does the (former?) Face of the Franchise fit in in Mike Rizzo's Phase 2? Or is this Phase 3?