It was an innocent enough radio interview. The standard with Mike Rizzo late in the off-season with nothing happening. He was asked if everything on the checklist had been marked off and answered in the affirmative and then was asked if there were still moves left to be made. To this question Mike Rizzo gave the standard and cliched GM answer of anytime we can do anything to improve the club that makes sense for blah blah blah. You get the idea. There was nothing special at all about this interview. It was a time filler between Redskins talk on a local Washington DC radio station, but there was something in Mike Rizzo's voice. He sound ecstatic while talking about improving the team. Reading between the lines it was as if he was smirking into the phone and really saying watch what I'm about to do.
Reading into voice inflection is no way to reach an honest conclusion, and nothing happening is just as likely as something, but Rizzo has a track record of late January/early February moves. On February 2 of 2012 Mike Rizzo in a surprise move signed Edwin Jackson to a pillow contract. He provided the soft place for him to land as he hadn't found the long term deal he was looking for. Edwin Jackson in 2012 was very much Edwin Jackson. He was inconsistent pitching either shutout or a blow-up, but he provided the Nationals with 189 2/3 innings they would've had a hard time filling without him.Read More