In his first act after getting a three-year agreement extension Saturday, Mike Rizzo, now the Washington Nationals’ basic supervisor of the present and future, put something substantial on the public record: Rizzo understands the club holds a 2021 option for Manager Dave Martinez. He just efficiently desires to rip it up.
” My plan is, and my choice is, to not get the alternative and to work out beyond that,” Rizzo stated Sunday morning. “That’s the strategy going forward, to see if we can get something done negotiating a longer-term handle him.”
So now that’s visible. On top of being general supervisor, Rizzo is likewise the Nationals’ president of baseball operations. And while that provides him a big say in, well, everything, Martinez’s future ultimately rests in ownership’s hands. The Lerner household will accept years and annual salary for Martinez, just as they did with Rizzo. They might take the simple route by exercising the $1.2 million alternative for Martinez to handle next season, then evaluate him again afterwards. However where Rizzo stands is clear.
The GM has actually done absolutely nothing however back Martinez given that 2018, Martinez’s very first year in the dugout. The Nationals underachieved that season. There were faint calls for Martinez’s task by the end of it. Yet it was nothing compared to what came the following spring, when Washington sunk to 19-31 on May 23,2019 That day will long stand as the jumping off point for a World Series run. The next morning is when Martinez and Rizzo’s relationship reinforced.
Rizzo beinged in Martinez’s workplace and used unflagging support. He desired some changes– mandatory batting practice, for one– however felt Martinez ought to remain. That’s where ownership fell, too, and the pair quickly teamed to bring Washington its first MLB title in 95 years. Their contracts hung over the offseason and much of this summer. And now, with Rizzo’s managed, Martinez’s is next on the program.
On Saturday, hours after he spoke to Rizzo about his extension, Martinez predicted that the Lerners would “do the ideal thing.” He did not define what that was. He might have suggested choosing up the alternative for 2020, ending any moderate apprehension that a down season could put him on the hot seat this winter. Or possibly Martinez was hinting at a long-lasting offer, the possibility then raised by Rizzo in a Zoom call with press reporters.
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” Mine need to be coming around the corner here soon,” Martinez said Saturday, acknowledging that Rizzo’s extension might accelerate his contract conversations. “We’ll see what takes place.”
In the coming weeks and months, we will. Rizzo has actually clearly specified his objectives with Martinez. Ownership is on the clock. Those with knowledge of the Nationals’ strategies state they will quickly pivot to Martinez’s future. That might just take a bit longer if, as Rizzo desires, the Lerners negotiate a multiyear offer with Martinez and his agent.
When asked Aug. 9 about Martinez’s option, Rizzo was unclear in stating: “Davey is deserving of one. He’s earned it. He’s a terrific representative of the Washington Nationals.” And now we understand what “one” suggested.
” I think when you’re discussing a new agreement, it’s various than simply getting a choice,” Rizzo stated of whether his big-picture plans could slow talks with Martinez. “The choice was under the old contract. My preference is to simply neglect that and sign a new contract with him.”
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