The Detroit Tigers pried away Washington Nationals righthander Jordan Zimmermann, the best starter in the team's brief history, with a five-year deal Sunday worth $110 million, pending a physical.
If the deal becomes official, Zimmermann will become the first pitcher to undergo Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery, then sign a $100 million contract.
Zimmermann, 29, rejected the Nationals' $15.8 million qualifying offer after the season, meaning the Nationals will receive the Tigers' first unprotected draft pick. The Tigers are expected to pick ninth in next year's draft, but the first 10 picks are protected.
The Nationals offered Zimmermann a five-year, $105 million extension last winter that, coupled with his final year of arbitration, would have made it a six-year, $121.5 million commitment.
At the time, Zimmermann was fresh off a two-season stretch that saw him go 33-14 with a no-hitter and a dominant postseason performance in 2014. He went 13-10 in 2015, hurt by a loss in velocity, victimized by more home runs than normal, still stingy with pitch count and a stickler for strikes. This past season, Zimmermann's solid numbers slipped, posting career-highs in ERA (3.66), WHIP (1.20), hits (204) and home runs (24). But for the fourth consecutive season, he made 30-plus starts.
Britain breaks Cup drought
Andy Murray gave Britain its first Davis Cup title in 79 years when he beat Belgium's David Goffin 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 in the first of reverse singles. The win gave Britain an unassailable 3-1 lead in the best-of-five series and the final singles match was not played.
"I can't believe we did it," Murray said on court. "We may never get an opportunity to do this again. We should celebrate tonight."
Britain is the only nation to have competed in all Davis Cup editions since 1900 and its 10th title makes it the third-most successful nation after the United States (32) and Australia (28).
Britain last won it in 1936 with Fred Perry as its star and last played in the final in 1978.
Rosberg beats Hamilton
Nico Rosberg beat Mercedes teammate and 2015 world champion Lewis Hamilton at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to complete the Formula One season with a third successive victory. The German won by 8.2 seconds at the Yas Marina circuit to complete Mercedes' 12th one-two finish of the season, establishing a new F1 record. Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen finished third, ahead of his teammate Sebastian Vettel, who had started 15th on the grid.
AROUND THE HORN
Skiing: Mikaela Shiffrin captured back-to-back World Cup slalom races in Aspen, overcoming an early mistake in her final run to still win by a large margin. The 20-year-old American finished in 1 minute, 40.18 seconds, beating Frida Hansdotter by 2.65 seconds. … Aksel Lund Svindal won the men' super-G to sweep the two opening World Cup races. Svindal finished in 1 minute, 29.30 seconds, a day after winning the downhill.
Soccer: The Columbus Crew earned only their second trip to final in the 20-year history of Major League Soccer and their first since 2008, losing 1-0 to the New York Red Bulls but advancing with a two-leg 2-1 aggregate victory. The Crew will face Portland at home in the Dec. 6 final after the Timbers advanced to their first final with a 2-2 draw against Dallas in the second leg of the Western Conference finals.
Golf: Charl Schwartzel shot a 2-under 70 for a 15-under total of 273 and eased to a four-shot victory at the Alfred Dunhill Championship to become the third South African behind Ernie Els and Retief Goosen to win 10 European Tour titles. American Travis Ganong was fourth at 1:29.81.
CFL: Jordan Lynch scored on a 1-yard sneak with 3:17 left and the Edmonton Eskimos rallied to beat the Ottawa Redblacks 26-20 for their 14th Grey Cup title.