Sometimes it can be very easy to be critical of a Major League Baseball team’s General Manager. I for one have found it easy to criticize some moves made by Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo. There have been things he has said that I just cannot agree with and things he has done that are the same but lately he made good moves for the team’s future. Everyone can appreciate a good move like that.
Rizzo brought David DeJesus in but it wasn’t for a pennant race. He was only with the Nats for a cup of coffee before being sent on to the Tampa Bay Rays for a prospect to be named later. Also the Oakland Athletics came calling about Kurt Suzuki and the Nationals made the deal receiving minor league righty Dakota Bacus in return. Bacus is a guy with a good upside that the Nats can enjoy developing. Almost anyone could choose a player from the Rays’ minor league system at random and grab a future superstar. Any player named later from that place is a good move.
So, here I sit willing to admit that the Nationals finally seem to move towards finding puzzle pieces for the years to come and not just this year. Who knows what could happen with the injury problems the Atlanta Braves have had? In all seriousness, the Nationals have no chance unless someone falls completely apart. That doesn’t matter right now though. Teams shouldn’t go out and win just because they think they can win it all. They should try to win because its baseball and winning is more fun. I think Rizzo has given the team a better chance to do that next year and the year after with these two deals.