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Nats GM position to remain vacant

The Nationals decided on Wednesday that the general manager’s position will remain vacant for the foreseeable future.

Team president Stan Kasten will remain the person in charge, but assistant general manager Mike Rizzo will have principle responsibilities when it comes to the Major League, Minor League and scouting operations. All team matters or inquiries will be directed to Rizzo with Kasten working closely with him.

The Nationals will continue to search for a general manager, but feel they don’t need to rush to find one.  They feel they are in good hands with Rizzo.

Bob Boone will continue to be the assistant general manager, while Dana Brown will remain the scouting director.         

Zimmerman talks continue

Nationals team president Stan Kasten is trying hard to sign third baseman Ryan Zimmerman to an extension.

In fact, Kasten met with Zimmerman’s agent, Brodie Van Wagenen, on Tuesday morning at Space Coast Stadium.

Both Kasten and Van Wagenen said they will continue to have dialogue. The goal is to get a deal done by Opening Day. The two are expected to talk again in a few days.

‘I’m happy to have the meeting with Stan and looking forward to the new direction the team is taking.” Van Wagenen said.

Kasten found himself involved in the Zimmerman negotiations after Jim Bowden resigned as general manager of the club on Sunday. In the past, it was Bowden and assistant general manager Mike Rizzo involved in the negotiations with Van Wagenen.

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Kasten has added responsibilities

While the Nationals are looking for a general manager to replace Jim Bowden, team president Stan Kasten will take over the role on an interim basis.

“I’m doing what we need to do to keep the franchise moving forward and I’m pleased to say that has been happening,” Kasten said.

Kasten is already talking to opposing teams about possible trades and dealing with agent Brodie Van Wagenen about a contract extension for third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. The two parties hope to get a deal done by Opening Day. In fact, Kasten and Van Wagenen talked on Sunday.

“I have been deeply involved in [the negotiations] recently. I spoke to Ryan’s agent yesterday,” Kasten said. “As far as trades go — things like that– I, myself have had talked trades with teams yesterday. Nothing is imminent, but conversations have gone continuously without any one missing a beat.” 

Kasten has experience as a general manager in the sports world. He was the general manager of the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA from 1979 to 1990.  He was the league’s Executive of the Year in 1986 and ’87.

Kasten has pep talk with baseball operations staff

A day after Jim Bowden resigned as general manager of the Nationals, team president Stan Kasten held a meeting with his baseball operations staff early Monday morning, informing them that good times are ahead for the franchise and that they have the opportunity to advance up the organizational ladder.

Kasten even told the staff how he took advantage of his opportunities when he joined Ted Turner’s corporation in the 1970s.

There were at least 18 people at the meeting and Kasten did not say when he will name a GM to replace Bowden. According to two sources, Kasten was a calming influence at the meeting.

“He put everybody at ease,” said one baseball source. “He spelled out there are a lot of opportunities for people in the organization. He explained this is a perfect time for some people to step up, have some ingenuity to come up with new ideas and take ownership of it. Stan implored us to take that challenge. I think everybody walked out of there and said, “This can work.”
 

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