According to Barry Svrluga and Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, both Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo and manager Davey Johnson would like Johnson to return to the dugout in 2013, but the sides have yet to agree on a contract.
In his season-plus in charge in Washington, Johnson has led the Nationals from being the team with potential to the team tied for the best record in baseball. Even though he's 69 years old, Johnson has expressed his interest in returning, and doesn't seem to be fazed over the contract issue.
"I'm very comfortable. They paid me to manage this year. I'm comfortable waiting however long they want me to."
2012 was Johnson's 12th full season managing a major league team, having previously spent time with the Mets, Reds, Dodgers and Orioles. During those 12 seasons, Johnson's teams have made the playoffs 11 times, including this season. The Nationals lead the Braves by four games in the NL East with eight games left to play, and their magic number for the division title is five.