Rizzo on Morse deal, pitching depth, no-trade clauses and more

With the offseason starting to wind down and the start of spring training now less than a month away, MASNsports.com's Dan Kolko caught up with Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo to discuss a few remaining roster question marks and how the team is shaping up this season. Here is the full Q&A, which includes discussion about trade talks involving Michael Morse, the search for more ... read more

Rizzo chose scouting route when playing prospects dimmed

In the mid-1980s, Mike Rizzo had to learn to live with a hard realization: He wasn't going to be a major leaguer. A 28th-round pick of the California Angels in 1979 and a 22nd-rounder of the Angels in 1982, Rizzo played 171 minor league games over three seasons before turning to another line of work. Rizzo knew he didn't want to leave the game of ... read more

Rizzo's playing career was short, but sweet

When fans think of Mike Rizzo, images of pinstriped suits and a cell phone attached at the ear often come to mind. Yet before he became the Nationals general manager, Rizzo too had dreams of playing in the major leagues. In 1979, the California Angels selected Rizzo in the 28th round, though he never recorded any stats in the Angels' minor league system. Three years ... read more

A successful career has to start somewhere

General managers answer the same questions every day. Questions about players, questions about the team and, of course, questions about the future. But every once in a while, a general manager gets the opportunity to talk about himself. After all, they're people too, aren't they? In today's inaugural video blog with Mike Rizzo, we found out a little about the Nationals general manager. Sure, he's ... read more

Checking in on Harper, Strasburg and some post-draft talk

In his weekly video blog Mike Rizzo sits down with MASNsports.com's Tom Kolker prior to the opening game of the Nats-Phillies series. Rizzo updates us on the conditions of Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg. Mike also discusses the next step in the process for all the players the team just drafted. Finally, a look at what the staff will focus on the last month-and-a-half of ... read more

Discussing Wang, the trade deadline and Strasburg

As his team was playing at Nats Park, general manager Mike Rizzo took some time to talk with MASNsports.com's Tom Kolker for his latest MASNsports.com video blog. Mike discussed the reasoning for holding on to Chien-Ming Wang and hoping he gets back to his Yankees form. He also mentioned the team is still looking to make moves prior to Sunday's trade deadline, but he said ... read more

Buyers or sellers at the trade deadline?

With his team on the field at Nats Park, general manager Mike Rizzo took a few minutes to step inside his suite and take part in his latest MASNsports.com video blog. Mike talked with Tom Kolker about the resiliency of the Nationals, and how they've overcome key injuries and off-the-field incidents throughout the season. He also touched on how struggling right fielder Jayson Werth has ... read more

A closer look at minor league success

The minor league season is wrapping up for the year, and two of the Nationals' farm teams (Double-A Harrisburg and Single-A Potomac) made their league's playoffs. Rizzo sat down with MASNSports.com Nationals beat reporter Ben Goessling to talk about what that means and to recap some of the highlights of the minor league season. Ben Goessling: With a couple of the minor league teams ... read more