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The Nationals haven’t secured Rizzo any further than his current contract allows, but they’re taking steps to do so and appear confident in the possibility of having him around for an extended period of time.

“I’m sure we’ll all sit down and talk when the time is right,” Mark Lerner said during spring training on the topic of a contract extension. “I think this is the place where he wants to make his home and we certainly want him to be here. I’m sure we’ll come to some understanding at some point in time.”