Nationals manager Dave Martinez deserves to be rewarded for "doing a good job," says general manager and president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo.
That's putting it lightly. By "doing a good job," of course he means helping lead Washington to a World Series in 2019, for which the Nats' skipper has yet to be contractually rewarded with more financial security.
"I think you reward people for doing a good job. We always say this is a performance business, and people get fired for lack of performance and you should get rewarded for extremely good performance," Rizzo said during his weekly appearance with The Sports Junkies, presented by Burke & Herbert Bank.
Martinez has a club option for 2021 but has no assurances beyond that.
"I think he's earned a longer term deal and my goal from the beginning was to do more than just pick up his option for next year," Rizzo said.
The Nationals are entering into uncharted territory with respect to managers. Never in their 16 seasons in Washington has a manager survived beyond three seasons. Frank Robinson followed the franchise over from Montreal, managing for five seasons total, but only the latter two were in D.C. Martinez is nearing the end of his third season as skipper.
"He's a great communicator of Nationals ideals and he's kind of the face of our franchise," Rizzo continued. "He's the one on TV before and after every game. I think he's a great representative of Washington, D.C. and the Nationals and I'd like to keep him with us for a long time."
This marked Rizzo's first appearance on the show since putting pen to paper on his own renewal. The Nats announced a multi-year contract extension for Rizzo earlier this month, reportedly a three-year extension, which will keep him in Washington through at least the 2023 season.
"It's a multi-year deal," Rizzo divulged, but not much else. "We're not going to get into specifics about term and dollars, but it's something that I'm appreciative of and something that it felt good for me and my staff to get that behind us so we could think past that and look at the future."
The 2020 season marks Rizzo's 12th as the head of Washington's baseball operations, making him the fourth-longest tenured GM in baseball.
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