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Nationals lock up Zimmerman

Ever since he became the Washington Nationals' very first draft pick, Ryan Zimmerman wanted to stay with the club for the long haul.

Now he'll get that wish.

The Nationals took what they hope is another step toward consistent contention by locking up their third baseman -- and the guy many still call the face of the franchise -- through 2019, adding six years to Zimmerman's existing contract in a deal announced Sunday.

The deal includes a full no-trade clause.

The extra six seasons are worth $100 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no financial terms were revealed publicly.

"It's nice that it's done," Zimmerman said at a news conference at the club's spring training stadium in Viera, Fla. "It's where I want to be. It's where I've always wanted to be."


Tejada a late arrival

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada has reported to spring training camp on time. Still, it was later than manager Terry Collins had anticipated.

"I just think it sends messages. I'm sure he got the message," Collins said Sunday. "He's such a good kid and he was very upset to think he'd messed up. I don't think he understood the urgency."

Collins had expected Tejada to be among the early arrivals so the Mets could get a head start with their new double-play combination. Tejada takes over for Jose Reyes, who took a free agent deal with the Marlins, and Daniel Murphy is set to start at second.

Collins doesn't want Tejada thinking he has to replace Reyes' bat, saying the Mets would be happy with his offensive performance the last few months last year. Tejada hit .319 in August and September with 11 doubles and 17 RBIs.

Anticipating Reyes might not be back, Collins said he told Tejada after the season to be prepared to play either shortstop or second base. Tejada started 53 games at second base last year, 38 at shortstop.

The 22-year-old Tejada said Sunday that he was delayed because of a visa problem in Panama.


Around the horn

*Cleveland's All-Star closer, Chris Perez, will miss at least one month and possibly six weeks with a strained left side muscle he injured throwing off the mound for the first time in spring training. Perez said Sunday he had thrown about 30 pitches Thursday when he pulled up with what he thought was a cramp. Instead, he strained an oblique muscle.

*Minnesota Twins reliever Joel Zumaya was diagnosed with a torn ligament in his right elbow on Sunday, meaning his latest comeback bid has ended almost before it began. Zumaya had signed an incentive-laden, one-year deal with the Twins, who hoped he could bolster their bullpen with his 100 mph heat.

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