The Nationals want to keep General Manager Mike Rizzo in place for the long term and the club is currently in talks with him about a contract extension, according to Amanda Comak of The Washington Times. Nats principal owner Mark Lerner confirmed that the two sides are discussing a new deal.
One source with knowledge of the discussion told Comak that the Nationals have already indicated they will exercise the 2014 option on Rizzo’s contract, securing him through at least next season. The GM is currently entering the final guaranteed year of the five-year pact he signed before the 2011 season. Any deal that is worked out between the two sides will have to include a significant pay raise for Rizzo, Comak writes.