Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy, Gio Gonzalez and Matt Wieters aren't the only important guys within the Nationals organization becoming free agents in 2019.
President of baseball operations and general manager Mike Rizzo is also becoming a free agent when his contract expires on October 31st.
In the final year of his five-year contract, the 57-year old is set to make $2.5 million.
Since joining the organization, Rizzo has turned the team into a legit World Series contender. They've won four division titles in the last six years under his guidance, but have been unable to get over the NL Division series hump. And even though that's a glaring red mark on his resume, Rizzo knows the success he's brought to the organization.
When you look at what we accomplished,’’ Mike Rizzo said in a recent interview, “it’s really unsung and underappreciated. I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished here. I like it here. I love the city. I love the team I put together. I like being a GM in the NL East. And I want to stay here. I just think I deserve to be treated like some of the best GMs in the game are, too.
Rizzo is talking about GM's like Cubs' Theo Epstein and Yankees' Brian Cashman, who've received big paydays over the last year.
I know we haven’t won the World Series, but I get tired of hearing how we can’t win the big one, or we can’t get out of the first round. We haven’t had that many chances.
Does Rizzo deserve an extension? The Sports Junkies think he does, but with GM's like the ones above cashing out, they can also see him wanting to test the open market.
"Why wouldn't they?", said Jason Bishop, noting his track record.
"There's a sense he wants to test the market," said Eric Bickel. That's the vibe I'm getting from him."
Rizzo is a weekly guest on the Junkies and has said that the organization will figure it out. However, the 2018 season may be the last time for a long time the Nats have a real shot at making a run before they lose some of their stars to other teams. If Rizzo does take that into consideration and decides to go elsewhere, the Junkies don't see him having any issues finding employment.
"If there was a time to roll, it would be after this season when you get your last run with this group," said Eric Bickel. And then If they don't pay you what you think you deserve, he'll be snatched up in 22 seconds."
If they do decide to sign him to an extension, will it be a long, drawn-out ordeal? The Junkies disagree on that one.
"He is too valuable, Jason Bishop said. He's too valuable. You gotta ink him to a deal sometime during the season."
Luckily for D.C. sports fans, long, drawn-out extension talks aren't foreign to them.
To see their full discussion, click the media player above.