Updated: Aug 4
Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross elect to opt out of the 2020 season. Ryan Zimmerman has released this statement, “After a great deal of thought and given my family circumstances- three young children, including a newborn, and a mother high risk- I have decided to not participate in the 2020 season. Everyone knows how much it means to me to be a part of a team, and I will miss the camaraderie dearly this year. Of course I would love to pursue back-to-back titles. I cannot speak for anyone else, but given my unusual nature of the season, this is the best decision for me and my family, and I truly appreciate the organization's understanding and support. To be clear, I'm not retiring at this time. I have not decided on my future in baseball past 2020. But this year, I'll be staying safe at home and pulling his heart as anyone for the guys to defend our championship.”
Ryan Zimmerman has a three-week baby, and a “super at risk” mother, so it is very understandable that he has opted out because of the health concerns. Ryan Zimmerman is 35, but he will be coming back for the 2021 season. Joe Ross was the teams projected 5th starter. With Zimmerman and Ross opting out of the season, this leaves 2 spots open on the Nationals 60-man player pool. Mike Rizzo has issued a statement about this; xyou can find it at the tweet below.