Last year, the team offered Ryan Zimmerman a contract that was compared to the 6 year, $30 million contract signed by Troy Tulowitzki the previous off-season. Zimmerman let that junk go right on by.
Despite the declining economy and player salaries and the worst 2008 imaginable for Zim, the team is now reportedly offering him 5 years and $45 million, almost twice as much in annual salary.
I went on record last September saying that the team could and should get him for 6 years and $55-60 million. This fits in that range, one year less but the same annual salary, so I certainly like this move.
If this is true, it'll be interesting to hear why it's happening now, whether getting Bowden out of the negotiation was a factor, or if this is simply an extension of the increased willingness to spend that began with the Teixeira offer and the Dunn signing.