The face of the franchise will be in DC for a long time
The new deal is a six-year contract extension that was good for both "the Face of the Franchise" and the team.
Troy Tulowitzki the Rockies shortstop signed a deal in 2010. A a six-year contract extension worth about $120 million that was crafted in a way that was good for both the player as well as the team. In short the structure of the deal gave the team financial freedom to sign big ticket free agents if they wished to do so.
Throughout the process of talking about a new deal Zimmerman would often cite the Tulowitizki deal as the type of deal he wanted.
According to former Nationals General Manager and now ESPN baseball insider Jim Bowden- The Zimmerman deal is worth $100 million over 6 years, and guarantees Zimmerman a no-trade clause . He currently has two years left on his current contract which was a 5 year $45 million extension from back in 09. The new extension will begin in 2014. So doing the math that is $126 million over the next eight years or $150 million over the next nine years.
The deal Zimmerman and the Nationals put together followed the spirit of that deal. Brodie Van Wagenen made a deal that is financially sound for his client while Nats GM Mike Rizzo made sure the deal allowed the team to be free to go after high-priced free agents, as well as signing their own stars which made this is a good deal for both sides.