Rizzo denies talking to Nava
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo denied a report from ESPN.com that he has talked to Miguel Nava about the team’s scouting director’s position in Latin America. The two worked together when they were with the Diamondbacks.
“The article is inaccurate,” Rizzo said. “I had a relationship with Miguel Nava in Arizona, but I have never talked to him about a job with Washington ever.”
Rizzo also said the team is looking for a new place to hold their Dominican Academy. The Nationals are currently using the Rawlings Academy in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic.
“While you guys had a day off on Labor Day, [team president] Stan Kasten, [principal owner] Mark Lerner and myself flew to the Dominican Republic to finalize [a site] and construction of a Dominican academy,” Rizzo said. “We’re well underway to finalizing terms. There are three different sites that we’re looking at. There are a bunch of construction issues that we’re nailing down right now, but we’re well underway and it’s something that we’re looking forward to being in by next Spring Training.
“We’re well underway to getting something really special in the Dominican Republic and all of Latin America. We’re also well underway in terms of future considerations of staffing throughout international operations, specifically Latin America. [We have] a coordinator in the Dominican Republic. We’re conducting a search for a director of international operations, Venezuelan supervisors, and scouting staff throughout Latin America. We’ve got our [hands] in Aruba, Curacao, Nicaragua, Mexico and throughout all of Latin America.”
David Villavicencio contributed to this report.