The Nationals just issued a release saying that they’ve signed GM Mike Rizzo to five-year contract extension. That’s nice job security, and the added title is nice too: Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations. This, essentially, means that he’s filling Stan Kasten’s old job and means that he has one less person to answer to when it comes to baseball moves.
The last two drafts were nice for Rizzo, which is expected when you get the top picks. But it takes more to make a winning team than just adding a couple of blue chippers. By giving Rizzo the extension and the promotion, the Nats have some added stability at the top that could, if the purse strings are loosened, make the team a more attractive destination for free agents. At the very least, it ensures that Rizzo will be able to carry out whatever plan it is he’s come up with to lead the Nats to respectability and ultimately contention.