ATLANTA — Now that he has a new multiyear contract, Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says his top priority is working out a long-term deal for manager Dave Martinez. The Nationals have a club option for Martinez for 2021. Rizzo said Sunday his preference is “just to disregard that” club option and instead work out a new contract for the manager. “That’s priority one to get Davey taken care of,” Rizzo said. “My plan is and my preference is to not pick up the option and go well beyond that.” Rizzo’s multiyear extension was announced by the team on Saturday. Martinez said Saturday he wants to remain in Washington. “Mike’s is done. Mine should be coming around the corner pretty soon,” Martinez said when asked about his contract status. “We’ll see what happens.” Rizzo and Martinez led the Nationals to the 2019 World Series title. This year, Washington is in last place in the NL East. “Going through what we’re going on the field, it’s kind of hard to celebrate a personal achievement,” Rizzo said, referring to his new contract. Rizzo said negotiations on his deal began about one week ago. Asked if he became frustrated the extension did… Read full this story
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