Ryan Zimmerman wants deal soon

Updated: February 24, 2012, 2:00 PM ET
Associated Press

VIERA, Fla. -- Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman hopes to have the framework of a new contract in place before Washington's first official full-squad workout of spring training.

He also repeated what he's said since being drafted by Washington in 2005: He wants to stay with the Nationals for the long term.

Zimmerman said Friday the point of signing a new deal "is to be here, not to sign a deal that's team-friendly to have it with another team. That's the whole ...

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