The Washington Nationals still do not have a manager under contract for the 2013 season, although they are trying to reach a deal to bring Davey Johnson back for his second full year at the helm.
Interest is mutual, as Johnson has said he wants to manage the team and the Nats' GM Mike Rizzo has said he wants to retain Johnson. But the 70-year-old manager remains unsigned. He is currently under contract to remain with the club for another two seasons as an advisor, but the team needs to rework the deal and up his salary to keep him in a manager role, as reported by Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
Johnson has done little but succeed in his coaching career, with only four losing seasons -- and only one of them a full one -- in 16 years as a manager, winning the World Series in 1986 and the AL Manager of the Year award in 1997. He's likely to receive the NL award after the Nationals made their first ever postseason as a franchise and posted a league-best 98 wins in Johnson's first full year in charge. Last year, the team made the announcement that they would bring back Johnson after his first half-season as manager on Oct. 31, this year, negotiations are still ongoing.