Bill Ladson had a Q&A with Mike Rizzo yesterday, and he certainly spouted plenty of GM-y cliches, but between those he actually kind of shared some information.
Asked whether the team was going to trade an outfielder, he kind of babbled cliches for a bit, but then wound up with this: "We are going to be smart. We are going to do our due diligence and get a player who is going to impact us this year and throughout the next few years." I'll take that as a yes.
Asked about the bullpen, he said: "I think we are going to explore all of those possibilities. I do think we have in-house candidates to put together a good bullpen. There is a possibility that we go out and get an established bullpen guy." Good. Will Ohman or Joe Beimel would fit nicely, thank you.
Asked what he likes about the current team, he blabbed about some clubhouse chemistry pablum, and then said, "I like the core group of guys that we have. We don't have issues that we had in the past -- guys that are bringing us down in the clubhouse." Oh yeah! Punked! I'm looking at you FLop and PLod!
Then right at the end, he said, "We are looking to change the culture in Washington, D.C. We want to be a well-respected, well-run, functional organization." Yikes--change the culture to functional? Maybe a little too honest there, Rizz.
The thing I didn't like in this interview was this answer to a question about how he interacts with Stan: "I want to get to the position where he gets to do the job that he is supposed to do as the president of the team. I want to get to the point where he trusts that I'm handling the day-to-day activities in a great manner." If Rizzo doesn't feel Stan trusts him, we're in trouble. I'm sure that's not how he meant it, but I just don't like the sound of this quote.