Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman sitting out season

Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman has decided not to play in the 2020 season.

What It Means:

Zimmerman has a three-week-old baby and a mother with multiple sclerosis that he recently described as "super high-risk," so he's understandably prioritizing their health and safety over playing. The Nationals re-signed Zimmerman to a one-year deal in January. He was limited to only 52 games last year due to injury. The veteran turns 36 in September. Look for Zimmerman's absence to open up more playing time for Eric Thames and Howie Kendrick.

Zimmerman slashed .257/.321/.415 with 6 homers and 27 RBI in 190 plate appearances last season. His ISO fell to .158 from .222 and .269 the previous two years. Per FanDuel Sportsbook, the Nationals have the seventh-best odds (+1800) to win the 2020 World Series.