Updated 7:09 p.m.
The Nationals announced Saturday night that they have picked up Mike Rizzo's two-year option, keeping him as President of Baseball Operations and General Manager through the 2018 season.
The decision to pick up the option, which was widely expected, was done in advance of the June 15 deadline that was stipulated in his contract.
“We are pleased with the job Mike has done over the past nine years,” said Nats Principal Owner Ted Lerner in a press release. “He and the baseball operations team have worked tirelessly to help build this organization into one of Major League Baseball’s elite clubs. We are fortunate to have him.”
"I am honored by the Lerner family’s continued faith and confidence in me and am thrilled to be remaining with the Washington Nationals organization,” said Rizzo. “While I am proud of the work we have accomplished, we still must achieve the ultimate goal of bringing a World Series Championship back to Washington.”
Since he was named as GM in 2009, the Nats have flourished under Rizzo. He and his scouting staff have been credited with stocking the farm system with upper echelon talent — Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon to name a few — that have become major contributors for the big league club. And since Rizzo took over, the Nats have shown that they can be active players in free agency as well, signing the likes of Jayson Werth and Max Scherzer to nine-figure contracts.
Add in the fact that the Nats have won two division titles and are once again considered a contender for that crown in 2016, and this news shouldn't be a surprise to anyone.
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