In the days following Stan Kasten’s announcement that he was departing the Nationals, there was much conversation concerning the fate of the President’s position with the team. Many wondered if the job might be split into two pieces, one for stadium and non-baseball operations, and one for baseball front office operations. Today, we got the answer, as the Nationals promoted general manager Mike Rizzo to a new position: Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations and General Manager.
Ben Goessling from MASN Sports was on the call this afternoon and has a full summary with quotes from the call. Rizzo’s promotion came with a five year contract extension, putting him at the top of the club’s baseball hierarchy through the 2015 season. Principal Owner Ted Lerner is very pleased with the extension of their front office man, saying, “Mike Rizzo is unquestionably one of the best baseball minds in the game.”