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Jonathan Papelbon

GM Rizzo: Nats negotiated with Black, Baker simultaneously

After the made-for-TV news conference was done, after new Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker's name-checks of Bill Walsh, Bill Russell, Nelson Mandela, Stevie Wonder and others, after the team's owners quickly exited the room, GM Mike Rizzo stood with reporters off to the side and finally offered his version of what happened to the candidacy of Bud Black.

Describing what he called "a unique situation," Rizzo said Thursday the team negotiated contract terms with Black and Baker simultaneously before settling on Baker.

"At the end of the day, it did not come down to money, it did not come down to term," Rizzo said. "It came down to who were we...