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Mike Rizzo: Davey Johnson’s new contract should be finalized “anytime now”

Nov 8, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

Davey Johnson AP

UPDATE: According to Amanda Comak of the Washington Times, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said tonight that Johnson’s contract should be finalized “anytime now.”

3:53 PM: Whatever hangups there were in contract negotiations between manager Davey Johnson and the Nationals have apparently been just about settled, as Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the two sides are “real close” to an agreement.

According to Kilgore a new deal is expected to be announced at some point today, although no word yet on how long the contract will run and how much of a raise Johnson will get.

Johnson is technically still under contract to the Nationals as a “special advisor” to the front office, but as a manager he’s a free agent. Or at least a quasi-free agent, and the longer that’s been the case the more speculation there’s been that general manager Mike Rizzo was balking at Johnson’s demands.

In the meantime Johnson has been busy winning fishing tournaments.

  1. kevinleaptrot - Nov 8, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Hope they get this wrapped up soon. Really want to see DJ back to take them all the way next year (fingers crossed).

    • dcfan4life - Nov 8, 2012 at 4:44 PM

      This isnt a question. He was always resigning with Washington.

  2. jkaflagg - Nov 8, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    People who haven’t seen Haren pitch in a few years would hardly believe it’s the same player….terrific pitching technique but not much velocity. Dan could probably pitch for several more years just on smarts (especially in the NL), but give the Cubs credit for realizing that it shouldn’t cost them 12 million for a player with this level of risk. Plus Haren is probably better off as well; may have to take less money but can pick the team that gives him the best chance for success, and that team is never the Cubs…..

    • kkolchak - Nov 8, 2012 at 6:18 PM

      Since we’re in the middle if awards season, I hereby nominate this reply for non-sequitur of the year.

  3. jjpileggi - Nov 8, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    One of THE best managers of young talent in baseball history.

    John Pileggi

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