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Mike Rizzo Has Revamped The Washington Nationals

We think of Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo as the kind of person who isn't afraid to make big moves. The $126 million he gave to Jayson Werth proves that. But here's the truly remarkable thing about Rizzo's brief time with the team: the roster really is filled with guys he himself acquired.

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As Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post notes, there are only four players on the current edition of the team that were on the opening-day roster in 2009. That year was when former GM Jim Bowden resigned, which unofficially kick-started the Rizzo era. Those four players? Ryan Zimmerman, John Lannan, Alberto Gonzalez and Jesus Flores. Three of those players are arguably expendable, so there's a very good chance that Zimmerman is the only player from the Bowden era that will stick it out for the duration of the Rizzo era.

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Obviously, this speaks to two separate trends. One is Rizzo's commitment to finding his own kind of players. The other? Man, Jim Bowden really was terrible at his job. 

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