"My toughest contract negotiation is always with Ted [Lerner]."
(Mike Rizzo, via Thomas Boswell/Washington Post, 1/16/2014)
Here's Twitterless ZNN on his new deal:
"If a year down the road or after this season if there’s a long-term deal that works out for both sides, we’d be happy and willing to do it .This is just a small little deal that takes us away from the arbitration. Now I can focus on baseball and not have to worry about the other stuff." (Jordan Zimmermann, via Washington Post, 1/17/2014)
And here's not-so-Twitterless Desmond's reaction:
Thank you. I really appreciate the support. Spring training can't come soon enough.— Ian Desmond (@IanDesmond20) January 17, 2014
So much for the long-term extensions for now. Wasn't it Mark Twain who said "Never get done today what may be put off till tomorrow"? It was something like that. Oh well, at least only Doug Fister and Tyler Clippard have to worry about getting their feelings hurt during arbitration hearings...