Per a report from ESPN, the Toronto Blue Jays are looking to replace their current president and CEO Paul Beeston, and Nationals GM Mike Rizzo has made the shortlist of candidates to fill that role.
As the report mentions, Rizzo joins Terry Ryan of the Twins and Kenny Williams of the White Sox as potential successors to Beeston, who appears to be on the outs with the Blue Jays organization right now. Rizzo has not been reached for comment yet, thanks to Nats Fest, and the Blue Jays still have yet to reach out to the team to speak with Rizzo, so there’s still a ways to go before a deal happens.
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While Rizzo was given the title of president and an extension back in August of 2013, this would still qualify as a promotion. The Nationals would also have to give Toronto permission to talk to Rizzo for any sort of negotiations to begin.
If Rizzo does join the Blue Jays, one thing’s for certain: the Nationals will be losing a tremendous asset. Since joining the team as an assistant GM in 2007, and taking over as GM for Jim Bowden in 2009, Rizzo is a big reason that the Nationals have won two division titles in the last three years and are considered a National League power. He’s added a lot of talent to the major league roster, as well as building up the farm system.
For now, all Nats fans can do is wait for more news. It seems like a long shot, but you never know. Stranger things have happened.