The Washington Nationals announced in a press release today that they have signed Mike Rizzo to a five-year extension while giving him a promotion to Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations:
“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.
Washington’s 2010 improvement can primarily be attributed to enhanced output from a bullpen and defense—both of which ranked last in MLB in 2009—that demanded Rizzo’s immediate attention during his initial off-season as General Manager.
Rizzo was up to the task as he pieced together a bullpen whose 3.33 ERA represented the fifth-best bullpen ERA reduction (-1.71) in MLB since 2000. Washington’s franchise-record 514 relief strikeouts ranked third in MLB. Defensively, the 2010 Nationals made 11 percent fewer errors compared to the 2009 version of the Nationals. no comments