The Nationals plan to hire Matt Williams as manager, while hoping to keep Randy Knorr as bench coach (Rosenthal).
In related news, the Mets expect Wally Backman to return as manager of Triple-A Las Vegas in 2014, a team insider said (Rubin, Oct. 19).
According to Rubin’s source, no other organization has asked to interview Backman for a manager, although it’s possible Backman could still be hired to be part of another big league coaching staff.
In 2011, the New York Post said Backman had been considering whether to become Davey Johnson’s third-base coach with the Nationals before accepting a position to manage at Triple-A for the Mets.
Last week, Matthew Cerrone wondered if the Nationals might eventually come calling Backman to join their coaching staff.