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Davey Johnson still doesn’t have a contract with Nationals

Nov 5, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

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It’s been assumed that Davey Johnson will manage the Nationals in 2013, but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the two sides still haven’t agreed to a deal.

Johnson is technically under contract with the Nationals through 2014 as a senior advisor–which is the role he filled before replacing Jim Riggleman as manager in mid-2011–but Kilgore writes that “the language (and salary) of his deal must be altered before his return to the dugout is sealed.”

And that’s where it gets interesting:

Even though it seems likely Johnson will come back, it should necessarily not be taken for granted. Johnson is a prideful man who has parted ways with four teams in the past, often in surprising and acrimonious fashion; in Baltimore, he was forced out on the day he won the Manager of the Year award. In the past, Nationals ownership has shown an unwillingness to pay top dollar for managerial talent.

Johnson has maintained all along that he’s perfectly fine waiting to get the contract settled, but clearly the situation is at least a little more complicated than initially expected.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Nov 5, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    This calls for the Thunderdome style of settling this conctract. Get Mike and Davey into the cage so we can start chanting: “Two men enter! One man leaves! Two men enter! One man leaves!”

  2. sophiethegreatdane - Nov 5, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Memo to Nats ownership: sign Davey or he’s gone. He will walk right the hell out of there and make you look like fools in the process. I will never forget the gut punch of him leaving my O’s high and dry in 1997, the very day he was named MoY.

    Davey never caught much flak for that little maneuver, but as time goes by I subscribe less and less to the idea that he was forced out — he up and quit because Peter Angelos refused to discuss a contract extension on Davey’s terms. PA deserves much of the angst he gets from O’s fans, but the more I ponder this situation the more likely I am to lay the blame on Daveys ego.

    I’m still a big Davey fan, and I hope he stays with the Nats.. He has a job to finish.

    • dcfan4life - Nov 5, 2012 at 8:23 PM

      He will be back, part of the issue is whether or not he should have the ability to return to the front office position which he loved. Another is the number of years he will get as a manager. But he wants to return, and he loves his bosses (unlike in Baltimore). This isnt an issue. His history isnt a factor here, he will be back no doubt.

  3. xmatt0926x - Nov 5, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    With the way that blowhard Mike Rizzo threatens people and tells people about “where he’s from”, has anyone bothered to confirm that he hasn’t already beaten Davey Johnson to near death and left him in a field somewhere? This guy is a menace to society. He makes Hank Steinbrenner look like Peewee Herman.

  4. thesmedman - Nov 5, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Maybe Jim Riggleman had a point after all?

  5. willclarkgameface - Nov 6, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    This doesn’t surprise me at all. Mike Rizzo has massive amounts of concentrated blood flow in his underpants (in the front) for the situation the Rockies are trying to set up for themselves this off-season, the whole “hey, you be the manager and get the manager baseball card and we’ll just tell you what to do from the stands or our office. Sound good bag of balls or Jason Giambi, which ever appears to be dumber (and that is lining up to be Giambi at this point)?”

    If Davey would be allowed to manage the team, he’d be phenomenal. He’s a damn good baseball guy. You know there have been problems in the past between Davey and Tweedledummie and Davey is getting older. He probably doesn’t want to deal with that nonsense anymore. He’s old school and probably just wants to manage a damn team already without all the genius of Mike Rizzo rearing its ugly bald head every 2 seconds.

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