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Washington Nationals exercise club option on manager Matt Williams for 2016

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The Washington Nationals announced early this morning that they exercised the club option for manager Matt Williams for the 2016 campaign. Williams' first year as a skipper in D.C. saw the Nats win 96 games and their second NL East title in three years.

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The two-year deal the Washington Nationals signed Matt Williams to in October 2013 included options for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

After one year of the deal, which saw Williams' Nats win 96 games and the NL East before dropping a disappointing NLDS to the San Francisco Giants, the Nationals have reportedly exercised the manager's option for 2016.

The Nationals made the announcement this morning before the first official workout of the 2015 campaign.

"We are happy to pick up Matt’s option for the 2016 season," GM and President of Baseball Operations Mike Rizzo said in a press release. "It shows the great confidence we have in Matt to continue to lead this team on the field.

"We are happy to pick up Matt’s option for the 2016 season. It shows the great confidence we have in Matt..." - Mike Rizzo on picking up Matt Williams' option for 2016

"During his rookie season, he helped us navigate through injuries and led us to our second NL East Division title in three years. His leadership has earned him the respect of our players, coaches and his colleagues around the league."

Managing Principal owner Theodore N. Lerner praised Williams' work in his first season as a big league manager:

"Matt’s accomplishments on the field speak for themselves. He takes great pride not only in how the game is played, but in our players. We are fortunate to have Matt as our manager and look forward to him leading us to new heights."

Williams, whose previous managerial experience before signing on in Washington to become the fifth full-time skipper in D.C. included a fill-in stint at Double-A in the Arizona Diamondbacks' organization and a run as a manager in the Arizona Fall League, earned the NL Manager of the Year award this winter from the Baseball Writers' Association of America and the Sporting News' NL Manager of the Year award.

Check out the Nationals' story on Matt Williams' option for 2016 being exercised below: