As broken earlier today by The Washington Times’ Amanda Comak, the Nationals have said they will pick up the 2014 contract option of general manager Mike Rizzo, and are discussing an extension with him. If talks fail, the Nationals also have an option over Rizzo for the 2015 season. The dollar amounts on these option years are unknown.
Rizzo has been in control of the team since Jim Bowden’s resignation over a bonus-skimming scandal in 2009. He has played the largest role of anyone in the turnaround of the Nationals from being MLB-worst in 2008 and 2009 to being the league’s best in 2012, drafting stars like Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper. Rizzo also signed Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche, in addition to using his drafting and free agent signing depth to trade for players like Wilson Ramos, Gio Gonzalez, Kurt Suzuki, and Denard Span. For his efforts, Rizzo was named the BBWAA Executive of the Year in 2012. Salaries for top MLB executives can run to or north of $3 million a year, like the Cubs’ Theo Epstein and the Yankees’ Brian Cashman, so Rizzo’s new deal could be for roughly four or five years in that price range.