WASHINGTON -- Davey Johnson said he hopes to have a deal in place sometime this week to continue to manage the Nationals in 2013. Johnson went so far as to say that a deal could be in place as early as Thursday. He currently has a consulting contract with the team for the 2013 season.While Johnson is not at the General Managers Meetings, his representative is in Indian Wells, Calif., trying to finalize a deal with Nationals GM Mike Rizzo. Johnson declined to give details on what he is looking for in his new deal. "There isn't really any rush for me," Johnson said in a phone interview. "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." Johnson is the No. 1 reason the Nationals won their first National League East title in 2012. He instilled confidence in his players, and it affected their attitudes. Ian Desmond, for example, had the best year of his career. It was Johnson who put in a new hitting philosophy: Stop going to the opposite field all the time and hit the ball where it is pitched.
Nats pondering coaching duties
WASHINGTON -- According to two baseball sources, the Nationals are leaning toward Trent Jewett being the third-base coach and Tony Tarasco the first-base and outfield coach.Jewett spent the last year-plus as the team's first-base coach. He would replace Bo Porter, who was recently named the manager of the Astros. Tarasco has spent the last few years as an outfield Minor League Coordinator for the Nationals. He is credited for helping Bryce Harper become an above average outfielder. Tarasco would also replace Porter as the outfield coach. One person said that Tony Beasley is considered a candidate to become the third-base coach, but the Nationals are in need of a outfield coach, Beasley is an infield coach.. They need an outfield coach after Porter left the Nationals.
The Nationals' Major League coaching staff was offered contracts recently, and that means bullpen coach Jim Lett, hitting coach Rick Eckstein and bench coach Randy Knorr most likely will be back for the 2013 season, according to a baseball source.
The Nationals re-signed catcher Carlos Maldonado to a Minor League contract. They also signed outfielder Ray Kruml to a Minor League deal.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.