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Mike Rizzo Has Not Begun Talks with Nationals on Contract Extension
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Earlier this season, the Washington Nationals exercised their option to extend General Manager Mike Rizzo's contract through the 2014 season, a move widely interpreted as a reward for Rizzo's stewardship of a franchise that ascended from losing 297 games in three seasons to a 2012 division title. But exercising the option may have created a potential fissure in the relationship between ownership and its general manager. Rather than discuss a new deal that would keep Rizzo in Washington long term at a price commensurate with his experience as a GM, Nationals ownership instead locked Rizzo into one more year on its terms.

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