The Washington Nationals had hopes of snagging manager Joe Girardi from the New York Yankees, though, that plan fell apart quickly after the Bronx Bombers refused to give them permission to speak to Girardi.
Plan B was put into action, which involved interviewing a handful of potential candidates, though one always seemingly stuck out above the rest – Matt Williams.
Williams was reportedly the favorite to land the gig and according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, that’s exactly what has happened as the Nationals are expected to hire Williams in the very near future:
#Nationals plan to hire Matt Williams as manager with goal of keeping Randy Knorr as bench coach. Timing of announcement not known.
Knorr also interviewed for the job, so the Nats are hoping he won’t be too upset after not landing the gig.
As for Williams, he will be the third Arizona Diamondbacks coach to leave the organization this offseason (Charles Nagy, Steve Sax were fired). Williams’ leadership has always been a strong attribute, even dating back to his playing days and he should find success in D.C. with an already talented roster in place.