Nationals Notes: Manager, Desmond, Maxwell

Byron Kerr of spoke to Washington Nationals interim manager Jim Riggleman, who is the favorite to manage the team in 2010, according to Jon Heyman. A few highlights of the conversation….

  • Riggleman indicates that the Nationals' managerial hunt is working around the playoff schedule, and that it will probably be after the World Series before a manager is named.
  • He suggests the Nationals could use another veteran starter.
  • He says that although they don't necessarily need to sign a big-name closer, Washington would benefit from some bullpen help.
  • Cristian Guzman's offseason progress is important. If he's not able to throw, the Nationals could look to add infielders, and it could mean more playing time for Ian Desmond.
  • Riggleman feels Justin Maxwell's spot on the 25-man roster is his to lose, and that Maxwell could start against lefties.

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