Nationals extend general manager Mike Rizzo through 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals picked up the contract option for Mike Rizzo that keeps the president of baseball operations and general manager with the organization through the 2018 season.
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The Nationals exercised the option before the June 15 deadline.
Rizzo joined the organization in 2007 and was named GM in 2010, the same year he selected Bryce Harper No. 1 overall in the first-year player draft. Washington won the NL East in 2012 and 2014.
''We are pleased with the job Mike has done over the past nine years,'' Nationals owner Theodore Lerner said in a statement released Saturday. ''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.''
Rizzo was promoted to president of baseball operations during the 2013 season.
''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.''