Nationals pick up 2016 option on manager Matt Williams

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The Nationals announced this morning that they have exercised their 2016 club option on manager Matt Williams.

As a rookie skipper last year, Williams led the Nationals to a 96 wins and a first-place finish. It earned him National League Manager of the Year honors. His in-game strategy played a part in the Nationals’ early exit from the playoffs, but he didn’t deserve to go into 2015 with questions about his status and it was pretty much a no-brainer that the option would be picked up.

Here’s part of the announcement from the team:

“We are happy to pick up Matt’s option for the 2016 season,” said Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo. “It shows the great confidence we have in Matt to continue to lead this team on the field.

“During his rookie season, he helped us navigate through injuries and led us to our second NL East Division title in three years. His leadership has earned him the respect of our players, coaches and his colleagues around the league.”

The Nationals also hold a club option on Williams for 2017.