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Report: Nats to name Johnson manager

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Davey Johnson, the former manager of the Mets, Reds, Orioles, and Dodgers, was expected to be named as the new manager of the Washington Nationals, the Washington Post reported late Friday.

Front office sources told the Post that Johnson, 68, and the Nationals were still engaged in final negotiations late Friday night, but had agreed in principle and that Johnson could take over as early as Monday.

Bench coach John McLaren was named interim coach after Jim Riggleman resigned Thursday but Nats general manager Mike Rizzo said McLaren would manage the team for "days not weeks."

Riggleman unexpectedly resigned from the post over a contract squabble, saying he was disappointed Rizzo would not pick up the option on his contract for next season.

"I'm 58. I'm too old to be disrespected," Riggleman said, according to The Washington Post.

Rizzo confirmed the Nationals have spoken with Johnson, currently a Nationals senior adviser.

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