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Nats Extend Rizzo Long-Term, Name Him ‘President of Baseball Operations & GM’

The Washington Nationals have extended GM Mike Rizzo to a long-term contract, and promoted him to President of Baseball Operations and General Manager, according to a press release issued by the organization Thursday night.

08/01/2013

Drew Storen #22 of the Washington Nationals reacts after giving up a home run in the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on July 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Nats’ Mike Rizzo on Storen Demotion: ‘I Thought We Handled It Perfectly’

Fireworks erupted through the media following the Mike Rizzo’s decision to demote Drew Storen last Friday, including Tyler Clippard accusing the team of handling the situation poorly. Well, Rizzo responded on Wednesday, saying the team “handled it perfectly.”

07/31/2013

Nationals manager Davey Johnson speaks with the team's GM Mike Rizzo. (Credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Nats GM Rizzo: Davey Johnson Won’t Be Fired This Season

Whatever changes the Washington Nationals makes over the remainder of the 2013 season, removing manager Davey Johnson from his post will not be one of them.

07/28/2013

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Rizzo: Nats Have No Plans to Buy or Sell to Improve ‘Stagnating Offense’

Mike Rizzo took action by firing Rick Eckstein, in an attempt to bring a “new voice” to the Nats’ locker room; a move he says he’d been mulling over since June. He also maintains there’s no one on the trade market who can make the Nats better, so expect them to be silent at the deadline.

07/24/2013

Manager Davey Johnson #5 of the Washington Nationals watches play from the dugout during the third inning of a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park on July 2, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Davey Johnson: ‘I May Slit My Wrists, But I’m Not Quitting’

Davey Johnson gave a heartfelt weekly address to the Junkies on 106.7 The Fan Wednesday, acknowledging he fought with Mike Rizzo over Rick Eckstein’s firing, and while he’s trying to remain optimistic about the season, there was on overriding sense of defeat in his words.

07/24/2013

Manager Davey Johnson #5 of the Washington Nationals watches play from the dugout during the third inning of a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park on July 2, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Davey Johnson: ‘I May Slit My Wrists, But I’m Not Quitting’

Davey Johnson gave a heartfelt weekly address to the Junkies on 106.7 The Fan Wednesday, acknowledging he fought with Mike Rizzo over Rick Eckstein’s firing, and while he’s trying to remain optimistic about the season, there was on overriding sense of defeat in his words.

07/24/2013

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Relationship ‘Won’t Be The Same’ Between Feuding Johnson, Rizzo

Davey Johnson had a difficult time accepting the firing of his hitting coach Rick Eckstein, a move imposed by GM Mike Rizzo. One former MLB GM familiar with Davey, says he likely won’t forget this, and the relationship between Rizzo and Davey may never rebound.

07/23/2013

Nationals pitcher Dan Haren. (Credit: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Rizzo Denies Interest in Trade for Pitcher, Makes Reference to Nats’ ‘Big Three’

Nats GM Mike Rizzo denied rumors that Washington’s looking to trade for a starting pitcher before the deadline, saying he’s confident Dan Haren will bounce back, and made maybe the first public reference to the team’s top three pitchers as “The Big Three.”

07/03/2013

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Bryce Harper to Resume ‘Baseball Activities’ Could Be Back ‘Within a Week’

Bryce Harper’s absence from the Nats’ lineup has cast a tremendous shadow over the team’s offensive production, but his return may be imminent after piecing together comments from Mike Rizzo and Davey Johnson on the slugger’s injury status.

06/19/2013

Kurt Suzuki #24 of the Washington Nationals dives to put out Delmon Young #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies in the fifth inning at Citizens Bank Park on June 18, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 4-2. (Credi: Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Rizzo: Nats Need to Simplify Things ‘See Ball, Hit Ball, Catch Ball’

Nats general manager Mike Rizzo answered a litany of questions about how the Nats will climb out of this season-long slump they’ve been in, which he says comes from guys “over-thinking it.” They just need to go out there and “see ball, hit ball and catch ball.”

06/19/2013

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