The Washington Nationals have decided to pick up general manager Mike Rizzo's option for next season, MLB.com's Bill Ladson reported Thursday. Ladson also reported that Rizzo and the Nationals are seeking an agreement on a long-term extension beyond 2014.
Rizzo was named the team's interim GM in 2009 after previous GM Jim Bowden's resignation, and he was given the permanent job later that season. The Nationals have flourished under Rizzo's tenure as GM. Under Rizzo, Washington won its first division title last season with a major-league best record of 98-64. Rizzo's drafting skills have also helped build the Nationals into a perennial force. Rizzo was responsible for drafting seven players on the team for the entirety of last season, including stellar young stars in starter Stephen Strasburg and outfielder Bryce Harper.