Following the retirement of Nationals skipper Davey Johnson at the end of the 2013 season, the organization is reportedly now ready to name his replacement. According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman today, Arizona third base coach Matt Williams will soon be hired as the fifth manager in the team's history.
Williams, 47, joined the Diamondbacks staff in 2010 as a first base coach and later switched over to third base. This will be his first-ever managerial job. Nationals bench coach Randy Knorr was the other top candidate for the job, having been with the team for three years, but is expected to stay on in that role next season.
Prior to becoming a coach, Williams was a five-time All-Star and spent 17 seasons as a player, dividing his time among the San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians, and Diamondbacks, including their 2001 World Series championship team. He also has a history with Nats GM Mike Rizzo, who once was Arizona's scouting director while Williams was playing in Phoenix.
There is no word on just when the hire will be formally announced by the Nationals, but since MLB rules dictate that major announcements shouldn't be made during the World Series, expect an official announcement after the currently ongoing Series is over. Should seven games be necessary, the Nats would be free to announce Williams as their new manager after Oct. 31 at the latest.