With rumors about the Washington Nationals’ interest in acquiring a catcher who could supplant Matt Wieters as the team’s No. 1 backstop, Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo talked during an MLB Network Radio interview on Wednesday about his thinking in trade talks and his style in negotiations.
Rizzo, who took a beating in the national press over what he gave up (RHP prospects Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, and Dane Dunning) to get Adam Eaton from the Chicago White Sox last winter, said he’s not particularly interested with the hot-take reviews of the trades he makes.
“Our thought process here and my philosophy,” Rizzo explained to Sirius/XM hosts Jim Duquette and Mike Ferrin, “has always been as long as I get the guy that I want in the trade I’m not so much concerned about how it’s viewed in the scouting world.”
“We always put these blanket analyzations on these trades like four minutes after they’re traded because you’re trading for an A-ball player who turns out to be a Hall of Fame-caliber guy five-six years down the road, but at the time of the trade you get blasted for not getting enough or giving up too much or not acquiring the right type of guy. So the zero sum wins and losses on these trades, I think that the best kind of trades are ones that help both organizations at the time that they make the trade.”
“I don’t have to win every trade that I make,” Rizzo concluded, “as long as I feel good about what I received in it I’m satisfied with it.”
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