Nationals pick up options on GM Rizzo and manager Martinez
The Washington Nationals have exercised the 2023 contract options of general manager Mike Rizzo and manager Dave Martinez, keeping in place the leadership duo who helped guide the franchise to a World Series title in 2019.
The Nationals opt for continuity despite being mired in a 29-50 season, likely their third straight losing campaign since winning the World Series.
"Mike and Davey have been leading the Washington Nationals for several years and it is only right to continue with them at the forefront," Nationals owner Mark D. Lerner said in a statement.
"Mike has led us through many different phases of our organisation, and we believe his work during this current phase will pay off in the end."
Rizzo, 61, is in his 14th year heading baseball operations for Washington, leading the organisation to four NL East titles and overseeing the acquisition of stars like Max Scherzer, Juan Soto, Trea Turner and Anthony Rendon.
He was named baseball's Executive of the Year in 2019.
Since the franchise moved from Montreal to Washington in 2005, no one has managed more games for the Nationals than Martinez, who has a 295-330 record (.472 winning percentage).
"Davey has done a tremendous job in the clubhouse and in the dugout for five seasons," Lerner's statement said.
"His continued determination and unwavering support of his players makes us proud. We are lucky to have Mike and Davey leading the way."