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Nats pick up ’23 options for Mike Rizzo, Dave Martinez

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Feb 13, 2020; West Palm Beach, Florida, USA; Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez (4) and general manager Mike Rizzo watch the pitchers warm up during a  spring training workout at FITTEAM Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Rhona Wise-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Rhona Wise-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Nationals exercised the 2023 contract options for skipper Dave Martinez and president of baseball operations and general manager Mike Rizzo.

Martinez, 57, is in his fifth season with Washington and entered Saturday with a 295-330 record with the team.

Rizzo, 61, is in his 14th season as the head of the Nationals’ baseball operations.

Together they helped the franchise win its first World Series championship in 2019.

“Mike and Davey have been leading the Washington Nationals for several years and it is only right to continue with them at the forefront,” Nationals managing principal owner Mark D. Lerner said in a news release.

“Mike has led us through many different phases of our organization and we believe his work during this current phase will pay off in the end. Davey has done a tremendous job in the clubhouse and in the dugout for five seasons. His continued determination and unwavering support of his players makes us proud. We are lucky to have Mike and Davey leading the way.”

The Nationals entered Saturday’s game against the visiting Miami Marlins in last place in the National League East with a 29-50 record.

–Field Level Media