With their roster’s talent and their ownership’s willingness to spend, the Nationals will have no shortage of qualified candidates lining up to replace Davey Johnson as their next manager.
They added another big name to that list this week, as longtime manager Dusty Baker, whom the Reds fired late last week, contacted General Manager Mike Rizzo through his agent to inform the Nationals he is interested in the job. Baker said no interview has been schedule, and it is not clear if the Nationals have reciprocal interest in him.
The Nationals lost one potential candidate this afternoon when Joe Girardi agreed to a four-year contract extension to remain with the New York Yankee, but it still remains unclear whether or not they have any interest in employing the services of Dusty Baker.
Multiple people familiar with the Nationals’ thinking believe ownership seeks a younger manager to follow Johnson, and the 64-year old Baker does not exactly fit the bill if this is the case. However, up to this point GM Mike Rizzo has refused to comment on the team’s managerial search.
Source: Adam Kilgore The Washington Post