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Top prospect talk with Nats fans

Welcome to this week's edition of National Matters with Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo. This week, Rizzo fielded another round of questions from fans about everything from the Nationals' major league roster to the status of some of their top prospects - and more of his preferences in Italian food. Emmi: What is your line up philosophy? Do you believe in getting a stable

Examining the Nats' minor league philosophy

In previous blog entries, Nats GM Mike Rizzo has discussed how a trade gets put together and his thoughts on how the 2010 season has begun. In his latest MASNsports.com blog, Rizzo sat with Nats beat writer Ben Goessling for a video segment focusing on his farm system philosophy. Known as one of the more cautious GMs when it comes to bringing young players

Pleased with progress, but still not satisfied

Welcome to this week's edition of National Matters with Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo. With the Nationals off to a 3-4 start in their first seven games, Rizzo got together with Nationals beat writer Ben Goessling before Wednesday's game to discuss what's gone right, what's gone wrong and where he sees differences from the team's 0-7 start a year ago: BG: A week in,

How Morgan and Burnett made their way to Washington

Welcome to another installment of National Matters with Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo. Already this week, Rizzo shared some of the inner workings about how a trade takes place. Today, we're going to delve deeper into his first deal with the Nationals - the four-player trade he made with the Pirates on June 30, 2009, which brought center fielder Nyjer Morgan and reliever Sean

Behind the scenes of a Major League trade

Welcome to this week's edition of National Matters with Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo. This week, Rizzo and Nationals beat writer Ben Goessling got together to take down some thoughts on the process behind how a trade comes together. Stay tuned though as this will actually be the first of two entries on the subject - in his next post, Rizzo will take fans

National Matters: Inside the mind of the GM

Welcome to this week's edition of National Matters with Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo. This week, Rizzo fielded a few questions from fans about the state of the Nationals as they enter the 2010 season. Read on as Rizzo gives fans his rationale on anything from where to place a prospect in the minors to how to fill holes in the major league lineup.

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