Ensuring that the key architect behind their rise to prominence does not have an uncertain future, the Washington Nationals are in discussions with general manager Mike Rizzo for a contract extension. “We’re talking about the future now,” Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner told The Washington Times. “We’re in discussions with Mike and I think both sides are confident that we’re going to come to an extension.” According to one source with knowledge of the discussion, the Nationals have already indicated they will exercise the 2014 option on Rizzo’s contract, securing him through at least next season. But their focus remains on a long-term commitment. “I think everyone will be happy at the end of the day,” Lerner said. Rizzo is working in the final guaranteed year of the five-year deal he signed before the 2011 season. The team holds another option on the general manager’s contract for the 2015 season. Rizzo politely declined to comment on a possible extension. Helping to build the Nationals into the 98-win team they were a season ago, as well as the World Series favorites they are this year, Rizzo has given ownership plenty of motivation to secure his future and, from its side, plenty of desire to keep him in Washington. The first significant hire the Lerner family made when it took control of the Nationals in 2006, Rizzo has overseen almost every step of the team’s rebuilding process and been integral in turning it into a major league power.