WASHINGTON (AP) - Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has signed a new contract and been given the title of President of Baseball Operations.
The Nationals announced the deal in a news release on Thursday night, when the team did not have a game.
A year after winning the NL East and leading the major leagues with 98 wins, Washington is 52-56 and entered Thursday trailing the division-leading Atlanta Braves by 11 games.
Rizzo gained plenty of attention in 2012 for deciding to shut down pitcher Stephen Strasburg in September.
Rizzo was hired by the Nationals as an assistant GM in 2006, and was promoted to general manager in 2009.
The club called his new deal a ``long-term contract'' but did not specify its length.

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Dodgers vs. Angels Prediction Will the Angels pull off the upset at home tonight against the Dodgers at 10:07PM ET?
Thumbnail Cardinals vs. Diamondbacks Prediction Are the Diamondbacks an undervalued play for bettors tonight against the Cardinals at 8:40PM ET?
Thumbnail Orioles vs. Blue Jays Prediction Will the Orioles and Blue Jays fall short of the betting total tonight when the two teams meet at 7:07PM ET?
Thumbnail Cubs vs. Nationals Prediction Is the total set too high in tonight's Cubs and Nationals matchup at 7:05PM ET?
Thumbnail Athletics vs. Astros Pick After a surprising slip up on Tuesday, will the Houston Astros bounce back tonight against the Oakland Athletics at...

MLB Team Pages