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In a flurry of offseason moves after the best season in Nationals history, general manager Mike Rizzo added a new closer in Rafael Soriano, a prototypical leadoff hitter in Denard Span and a veteran starter in Dan Haren. The club also re-signed first baseman Adam LaRoche. (Associated Press)

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Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, left, looks on as newly acquired pitcher Rafael Soriano models his jersey during an introductory news conference at Nationals Park, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, in Washington. Rizzo also discussed the three-team trade that sent Michael Morse to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for pitching prospect A.J. Cole from the Oakland Athletics. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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**FILE** Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo (left) looks on as newly acquired pitcher Rafael Soriano models his jersey during an introductory news conference at Nationals Park in Washington on Jan. 17, 2013. Rizzo also discussed the three-team trade that sent Michael Morse to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for pitching prospect A.J. Cole from the Oakland Athletics. (Associated Press)

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Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, left, shakes hands with newly acquired pitcher Rafael Soriano during an introductory news conference at Nationals Park, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, in Washington. Rizzo also discussed the three-team trade that sent Michael Morse to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for pitching prospect A.J. Cole from the Oakland Athletics. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo watches warm-ups before the Nats play the St. Louis Cardinals in game three of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park in Washington on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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APRIL 28: Injuries to the middle of the order forced general manager Mike Rizzo to call up outfielder Bryce Harper from Triple A Syracuse earlier than planned. The 19-year-old phenom went 1 for 3 in a 4-3 loss to the Dodgers in his debut and has never looked back.

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General manager Mike Rizzo didn't make a trade before the 4 p.m. non-waiver deadline, deciding that he was happy with how the team was constructed. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

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General manager Mike Rizzo didn't make a trade before the 4 p.m. non-waiver deadline, deciding that he was happy with how the team was constructed. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

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Mike Rizzo became the Nationals' full-time manager and senior vice president of baseball operations in August of 2009. (Associated Press)

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Washington Nationals General Manager and Executive Vice President of baseball operations Mike Rizzo introduces Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez, right, who puts on a hat and his jersey at a press conference at Nationals Park, Washington, DC, Wednesday, January 25, 2012. Gonzalez finished last season as a member of the Oakland A's with a 16-12 record, 3.12 ERA and 197 strikeouts in 202 innings pitched. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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Gio Gonzalez, greeting members of the media at Nationals Park, will be part of a rotation that includes Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo traded four top prospects to the Oakland Athletics for right-hander Gio Gonzalez, who was introduced at Nationals Park on Wednesday. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Nationals' catcher (3) Wilson Ramos (left) is joined by Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo (right) during remarks to reporters about his recent abduction in front of his family home in Venezuela, in the team's clubhouse in Washington, DC, Friday, November 18, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr. / The Washington Times)

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Washington Nationals' catcher (3) Wilson Ramos (left) is joined by Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo (right) during remarks to reporters about his recent abduction in front of his family home in Venezuela, in the team's clubhouse in Washington, DC, Friday, November 18, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr. / The Washington Times)

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Washington Nationals' catcher (3) Wilson Ramos (left) is joined by Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo (right) during remarks to reporters about his recent abduction in front of his family home in Venezuela, in the team's clubhouse in Washington, DC, Friday, November 18, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr. / The Washington Times)

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Washington Nationals' catcher (3) Wilson Ramos (left) is joined by Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo (right) during remarks to reporters about his recent abduction in front of his family home in Venezuela, in the team's clubhouse in Washington, DC, Friday, November 18, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr. / The Washington Times)

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Washington Nationals' catcher (3) Wilson Ramos (left) is joined by Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo (right) during remarks to reporters about his recent abduction in front of his family home in Venezuela, in the team's clubhouse in Washington, DC, Friday, November 18, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr. / The Washington Times)

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Washington Nationals' catcher (3) Wilson Ramos (left) gets a hug from Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo (right) following remarks to reporters about his recent abduction in front of his family home in Venezuela, in the team's clubhouse in Washington, DC, Friday, November 18, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr. / The Washington Times)

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Washington Nationals' catcher (3) Wilson Ramos (left) is joined by Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo (right) during remarks to reporters about his recent abduction in front of his family home in Venezuela, in the team's clubhouse in Washington, DC, Friday, November 18, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr. / The Washington Times)

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Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos and Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo share a hug after a brief press conference. Ramos was in town to see the Nationals doctors less than a week after he was rescued from kidnappers in Venezuela.