Expectations weren’t all that lofty when Mike Rizzo took over D.C. baseball operations back in 2009. It’s safe to say he has exceeded them. His first roster matched the ’08 outfit with a brutal 59-win effort. That ramped to 69-93 and then 80-81 in the ensuing two seasons. The Nats broke out in 2012 and haven’t had a losing campaign since. There has been quite a lot of drama over the years, but the D.C. organization finally broke through a postseason curse with a stunning run to a title in 2019.
Rizzo’s history on the trade market includes some duds, but also quite a few slam dunks. He’s still not under contract beyond the 2020 season, though the expectation remains that he’ll end up working out another extension to remain at the helm.
Acquired RHP Logan Kensing from the Marlins for RHP Kyle Gunderson
Acquired 1B/OF Mike Morse from the Mariners for OF Ryan Langerhans
Acquired LHP Sean Burnett and OF Nyjer Morgan from the Pirates for OF Lastings Milledge and RHP Joel Hanrahan
Acquired LHP Aaron Johnson from the Marlins for 1B Nick Johnson
Acquired RHPs Ryan Mattheus and Robinson Fabian from the Rockies for LHP Joe Beimel
Acquired OFs Daryle Ward and Norris Hopper from the White Sox for cash
Acquired RHP Luis Garcia and a PTBNL (LHP Victor Garante) from the Dodgers for INF Ronnie Belliard
Acquired C Jamie Burke from the Mariners for cash