It's now officially official. Davey Johnson will be the Washington Nationals' manager for 2012, the team announced in a press release. Johnson had an option on his contract to manage in 2012, and the Nationals have picked that option up.
General manager Mike Rizzo said in a statement that the team is "best-served" to having Johnson as its manager.
"After a series of discussions, it became obvious that the Nationals would be best served if Davey Johnson would continue as manager," Rizzo said in the statement. "Davey's remarkable connection to the clubhouse and D.C. community during the season's final three months was well received. His baseball acumen coupled with a proper off-season of planning, including a full regiment of Spring Training, should put our players in a position to succeed in 2012."
A conference call is scheduled for later Monday morning.