The Nationals fired manager Matt Williams and his entire coaching staff earlier this week on the heels of a disappointing season, adding them to the list of teams seeking a new skipper. While GM Mike Rizzo’s hunt for a new manager is in its infancy, we know that both Ron Gardenhire and Dusty Baker have already expressed interest in the position. It’s not clear if their interest is reciprocated at this point, but MLBTR will monitor the latest on Washington’s search as it progresses. Here’s the latest…
- Diamondbacks Triple-A manager Phil Nevin is receiving interest from the Nationals, reports the Arizona Republic’s Zach Buchanan (via Twitter). While Rizzo said Monday that the team would lean toward someone with Major League managerial experience, which Nevin lacks, Nevin is an accomplished minor league skipper that’s thought to be a future big league manager. Rizzo, formerly Arizona’s scouting director, was already with the Nats by the time Nevin joined the D-Backs organization in 2014. However, he still has connections in Arizona that could give him plenty of insight into what Nevin would bring to the table.
- Both Bud Black and Rick Renteria could eventually emerge as candidates, writes the Washington Post’s James Wagner. As Wagner points out, Black spoke very briefly about the position in a recent MLB Network Radio appearance on SiriusXM (audio link), calling it a “very attractive” opening. Black was, of course, put on the spot, and his answer could simply be considered diplomatic in nature, but Wagner points out that a core of Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg, Max Scherzer, Anthony Rendon and others plus a sizable payroll and market will be appealing for a number of candidates. He continues by adding that Renteria wants to get back into the managerial game and has turned away coaching opportunities in hopes of landing the role of manager with an organization.
- The Nationals have offered many of the coaches that were relieved of their duties new roles in the organization, writes the Post’s Chelsea Janes. Any new manager hired will have the opportunity to hire any of those reassigned coaches to his staff, but he’ll also have the opportunity to bring in a completely fresh staff, which is the likelier outcome.