GM Mike Rizzo gets promotion and extension
Mike Rizzo has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager and signed a new five-year contract.
“Mike Rizzo is unquestionably one of the best baseball minds in the game,” said Lerner. “He has a unique ability to see player talent for what it is, what it can be, and how it fits into building a team. Mike has been one of the architects of the rebuilding of the entire Nationals player system, from scouting, to player development, to big league signings. We believe the talent foundation we are establishing on and off the field will make the Nationals one of baseball’s most exciting teams over the next several seasons.”
In 2010, the Nationals increased their win total from 59 to 69. Washington’s 10-game improvement tied for the fourth-best in MLB this season and trailed only San Diego (+15), Cincinnati (+13) and Tampa Bay (+12), all three of which either qualified for the post-season or played games with post-season implications on the final day of the season.
While the 2011 season will be Rizzo’s third at the helm of the Nationals’ baseball operations efforts, his stamp can be found throughout the organization that he joined on July 24, 2006.
Wielding a reputation and network that knows no bounds both inside and outside the industry, Rizzo’s presence in DC has attracted scouting, front-office and player-development talents such as Roy Clark (Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Player Personnel), Kris Kline (Scouting Director), Davey Johnson (Senior Advisor to the General Manager), Kasey McKeon (Director of Player Procurement), Bill Singer (Director of Pro Scouting) and Johnny DiPuglia (Director of International Scouting).
In four drafts with Rizzo serving either as General Manager or Vice President of Baseball Operations, the Nationals have twice spent more on the MLB First-Year Player Draft than any other club by adding premium and enduring talents such as right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg, outfielder Bryce Harper, right-handed pitcher Drew Storen, right-handed pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler and infielder Danny Espinosa. Washington’s 2010 draft haul included the signings of 25 of its top 26 selections.