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Davey Johnson “not worried” about contract negotiations

Nov 8, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

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Davey Johnson remains unsigned, leading to speculation that contract negotiations with the Nationals have hit some sort of snag, but yesterday the manager downplayed those concerns.

“There isn’t really any rush for me,” Johnson told Bill Ladson of MLB.com. “I’m not worried about it. I assume everything is going to worked out. I don’t feel like it’s an emergency. I feel like I’m still the manager.”

General manager Mike Rizzo expressed a similar sentiment, telling Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that “I expect him to be the manager of the team” and “we’re talking and we’re doing great together.”

So then what’s the holdup, exactly? Kilgore reports that the two sides “could not finalize an agreement” during talks earlier this week and Rizzo noted that Johnson was busy before that participating in a fishing tournament. “And he won the damn tournament.”

  1. willclarkgameface - Nov 8, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Reason being the team could do one of three things:
    1) resign Davy and make next seasons playoff push and failure look at least like they tried and are sorry to the fans about 2012
    2) resign Jim Riggleman and let him completely bomb the year for the team because no one wants to really work for Rizzo being that he’s a tremendous prick.
    3) sign Jason Giambi because he’s got nothing better to do and will seemingly be the robot that modern GMs are looking to hire to stand in the dugout, play nice for the home television crowd ala Bobby Valentine (you know what I’m talking about with those defeated looking i-don’t-agree-with-you-blue-but-Lucchino-said-to-do-this head shaking), and make a pitching change sometimes.

    Sounds fun, right Washington?

  2. natstowngreg - Nov 8, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Before starting to worry, I’ll give it another couple of weeks.

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