Is Matt Williams the Front-Runner For Washington Nationals’ Manager Job?

By Brian Skinnell
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Earlier today, ESPN’s Buster Olney tweeted quite the Tweet concerning the Washington Nationals’ search for Davey Johnson’s replacement at manager.

Matt Williams, currently the third base coach of the Arizona Diamondbacks, has been on the radar as a possible replacement since rumors began to heat up in late summer. It wouldn’t be all that farfetched for him to win the job since he and general manager Mike Rizzo have ties dating back to when Rizzo was a scout for the Diamondbacks.

The wording of Olney’s tweet makes things a bit cloudy. He starts it off by saying, “Just one opinion” as if to say that someone is providing him with pure speculation. He then goes on to say “an evaluator with knowledge” said the information that he is passing along. While you can assume, although that’s dangerous, that this person has some serious inside pull, the wording of the tweet is weird and should make you question the legitimacy of the information

I wouldn’t be too shocked if Williams ends up with the job when all is said and done. However, I would be shocked if the Nationals had already come to a decision after just a couple days of thought and interviews. You would hope a decision as important as this would take a little more time and effort to make.

So far, the Nationals have interviewed Williams, Randy Knorr and Brad Asmus for the job, and there are likely a few more guys that will sit on the hot seat in Rizzo’s office. We could likely see current Nationals third base coach Trent Jewett get some attention as well as former Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker, who has expressed interest in the position.

While the Nationals have interviewed likely the top three candidates, don’t expect them to be done interviewing. The decision on who will manage the Nationals will come soon enough, but a decision like this takes time and the Nationals should take all the time they need to pick the right guy for the job.

Brian Skinnell is a freelance sports writer for and contributor at Yahoo Sports. Follow him on Twitter, Like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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