After a disastrous season 2015 campaign, the Nationals have gotten off to the best start in the team’s short history this year, and General Manager Mike Rizzo is being rewarded for it. Today the club announced they have picked up Rizzo’s two year option which will keep him in Washington through the 2018 season.
“We are pleased with the job Mike has done over the past nine years,” Nationals Managing Principal Owner Ted Lerner said in a team-issued statement. “He and the baseball operations team have worked tirelessly to help build this organization into one of Major League Baseball’s elite clubs. We are fortunate to have him.”
The option on Rizzo’s contract had a June 15th deadline and is believed to be worth 2.5 million annually.
This year Rizzo has replaced former manager Matt Williams with Dusty Baker, and signed Daniel Murphy to a three year deal he is currently outperforming. Rizzo also recently orchestrated the Stephen Strasburg extension. As with any GM, some moves turn out to be better than others, as Rizzo also was the driving force behind the acquisition of Jonathan Papelbon who took the job of Drew Storen. Now with Rizzo and Strasburg locked up, attention turns to Bryce Harper.