Nationals assistant general manager Bryan Minniti steps down

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After the Nationals’ season came to an end in disappointing fashion earlier this week, assistant general manager Bryan Minniti announced yesterday that he’s leaving the organization.

The news comes as a surprise, as no shakeup was expected in the team’s front office even after their early exit from the playoffs. As James Wagner of the Washington Post notes, Minniti simply felt like it was time for a change.

“After five productive years with the Washington Nationals, it’s time for a change, so I’m leaving the organization,” Minniti wrote in his e-mail sent out Friday evening.

Minniti has been with the Nationals since 2009 and previously worked with the Pirates from 2000-2008. It’s unclear what will come next for him, though he indicated the possibility of seeking something outside of baseball. Still, his connection to Dodgers president Stan Kasten (who was with the Nationals from 2006-2010) is noteworthy given the uncertain future of general manager Ned Colletti. Might mean something. Might not.