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Mike Rizzo gets his 2014 option picked up

Apr 25, 2013, 4:37 PM EDT

Things are off to a cruddy start in Washington, but there’s stability at the top for at least another year:

Not at all surprising, nor will the inevitable extension be.

  1. sarcasticks - Apr 25, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Apparently ownership is forcing Rizzo to shut down his management duties in August to ensure he will be available for the long term.

    • paperlions - Apr 25, 2013 at 5:27 PM

      Since his duties were surgically reconstructed just last year, that’s understandable.

  2. 13arod - Apr 25, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    don’t like this guy

  3. djpostl - Apr 25, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Still trying figure out why he is so highly thought of. Harper & Strasburg we’re essentially no-brainer draft picks.

    Danny Espinosa, Ian Desmond, Ryan Zimmerman, Jordan Zimmermann, and Ross Detwiler were all pre-Rizzo draft picks.

    The Werth deal was f@#$tarded any way you cut it, no matter how Nats PR guys try to spin it.

    The Gio deal was good for the Nats, but it isn’t like he pulled some master move. Oakland needed to deal him before he got too pricey and in return they got some valuable parts.

    The A’s got some talent that has translated into part(s) of their rotation & served as pieces in another trade that involved the Nats (three-way with Seattle that landed them Jaso), so they did well.

    Haren had a ton of red flags up and has pitched pretty shitty thus far, without much hope that it’ll get markedly better.

    Soriano has always been a headcase with high-end potential. Last year he was great for the Yankees but the previous year he was God-awful. He’s a calculated risk for whom we’ll have to hold our collective breath on.

    I don’t think Rizzo has shown himself to be a bad GM, but I damn sure don’t think he’s shown himself as anything other than one who is “not incompetent”.

    The bulk of his accomplishments have been ones that were auto-pilot decisions and even then, he’s managed to bungle a few things along the way.

    • natslady - Apr 25, 2013 at 5:59 PM

      I hear what you are saying, but not every GM who inherited a 100+ loss team has made it into a 98-win team in under four years. No matter how good the draft picks–it isn’t all Stras and Harper. He’s also built the scouting and player development areas that were completely stripped by MLB when the Nats came from Montreal.

      With the Werth signing, that was deliberate and probably necessary. The RZimm extension may come back to haunt us, though.

      • djpostl - Apr 26, 2013 at 2:14 AM

        True. The work he did with scouting & development is supposedly a strength, though we are probably just now at a point where we can start judging if that was indeed the truth of things.

        Like I said. Not bashing the guy, but I hope they let this year and at least part of next year play out before signing any extensions since they’re really just entering the period where they can get a good look at what his handy work created.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 26, 2013 at 8:51 AM

        I agree not every GM can do that. I would also note they are not a “98-win team” – at least not yet. Look at the Tigers – they won 43 games in 2003, then won 95 in 2006…..to be followed by 88 wins in ’07 and then 74 in ’08. Heck – look at the Phillies. 70 wins in 1992 which was right in line with the average the 4 years before that. They then won 97 in 1993….only to have losing records the next 6 years.

        Lee Thomas made a lot of moves that paid off well to have that winning team in 1993 (Chris James for John Kruk, Juan Samuel for Lenny Dykstra, Dave Hollins as a Rule 5, and so on). But he did not build a winner

  4. thebadguyswon - Apr 25, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Good GM. But a bit of a windbag douche.

  5. xmatt0926x - Apr 25, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    You guys better shut up about Rizzo. Don’t you know where he’s from? Just ask him. He’ll tell you.

  6. DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 26, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Is it bad form to ask if Danny Espinosa is impressed?

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