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Heyman: Davey Johnson’s contract with the Nationals runs through 2013

Jun 25, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

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We learned last night that Davey Johnson is expected to be named the next manager of the Nationals, but here’s a minor twist on the story.

According to Jon Heyman of, Johnson’s contract will run through the 2013 season. Many expected Johnson to serve as a bridge to a more long-term option, but if Heyman’s report is correct, he figures to be at the helm for some pretty exciting times for the franchise. Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and 2011 first-round pick Anthony Rendon give them the chance to add three potential stars to an already interesting mix of players.

For what it’s worth, Jim Bowden tweeted early this morning that Johnson is signed through 2012 with a club option for 2013. Yes, Bowden is often incorrect, but you’d have to assume his Nats’ connections are worth something. We’ll learn all the details when the Nationals make an official announcement.

  1. raysfan1 - Jun 25, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Immediately signing Johnson through 2013 also lends a little credence back to Jim Riggleman’s statement that the Nationals weren’t going to re-sign him anyway, since the GM had refused to even talk to him about going past 2012. Still, I think the end of the season is when he should have forced their hand, not during.

  2. aceshigh11 - Jun 25, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Good ol’ Davey Johnson…I still have fond memories of the late ’80s Mets even though I was a little kid.

    And hey, he’s 12 years younger than Jack McKeon…so that’s something.

    • Old Gator - Jun 25, 2011 at 10:05 AM

      Hey, maybe Davey can donate some stem cells to the Keep Jack Alive Foundation. The Curmudgeonly Undead’s telomeres are beginning to look like Lenny Kravitz. At this rate, defibrillators are going to be regulation issue in MLB dugouts, in addition to the shock helmet they have to keep around in case Bud Light shows up on an inspection tour.

  3. adenzeno - Jun 25, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Whatever Bowden said, the opposite is probably so…

    • patsandsox - Jun 25, 2011 at 3:42 PM

      my opinion also. Didnt Bowden get fired (or quit one step ahead of being fired)? I doubt he is getting much insider information from the Nats.

      Good move on johnson, its about time someone brought him back instead of all the retread wannabes and never weres that teams like KC, the A’s and the Brewers keep hiring.

  4. gmsingh - Jun 25, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Clearly the trend in baseball is to see who can have the oldest manager.

  5. joeflaccosunibrow - Jun 25, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Giving Davey a contract through next year is the ultimate “F U” to Riggleman!

  6. Glenn - Jun 25, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    I heard that Davey is going to walk if the 2013 option isn’t picked up.

  7. natstowngreg - Jun 25, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Rizzo just said the following on the Fox broadcast of the Nats-White Sox game:

    Johnson will manage through the end of the season, then participate in a search for a new manager. In any event, Johnson is “part of the furniture,” and will remain in the organization in some capacity.

    So either Heyman is wrong or Rizzo isn’t telling the whole truth. I tend to beleve Rizzo, but not completely. Things should (hye said. hopefully), be resolved by tomorrow’s game.

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