Managing expectations, Day 12: Bud Black available to Dodgers?

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Dusty Baker (right) is the front-runner to be the Washington Nationals’ next manager after negotiations ended with Bud Black (left), according to multiple reports Monday. (Associated Press photo)


A surprising bit of news leaked out of our nation’s capital today: Bud Black will not manage the Washington Nationals.

From USAtoday.com:

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo offered Black the managerial job last Wednesday, which he accepted, but when they entered contract negotiations, they never came close to reaching a deal.

The Nationals, according to a person with knowledge of the talks, originally offered Black a one-year deal for $1.6 million, and refused to guarantee more than two years. Black informed the Nationals’ ownership several days ago that he couldn’t accept a deal, which is considerably lower than he anticipated.

By contrast, Don Mattingly, who has less experience, just received a four-year deal for about $10 million from the Miami Marlins.

Both USA Today and CBSsports.com are reporting that Dusty Baker is now the front-runner to manage the Nationals.

Baker earned $4 million in the final year of his contract when he was fired in 2013 by the Cincinnati Reds, according to USA Today, and $3.5 million according to CBS. He was not among the front-runners to manage the Dodgers.

Black, who managed under Dodgers executive Josh Byrnes in San Diego, is a candidate to at least get an interview this month.

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Watch: New Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly targets Tim Wallach as bench coach.

At his introductory press conference in Miami on Monday, former Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he didn’t want to go into detail about who will comprise his coaching staff.

In the next breath, he said “I think Tim Wallach‘s going to come with me to be the bench coach.”

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Managing expectations, Day 8: Mattingly to Marlins, cross Bud Black off the list.

Bud Black and Don Mattingly might be managing in the same division again when the 2016 season starts. Just don’t expect either the Washington Nationals or Miami Marlins to make this official before the World Series is over.

Black will become the Nationals’ next manager, according to the Washington Post, while Mattingly and the Marlins have reached agreement on a four-year deal.

Meanwhile, the Padres are reportedly set to hire Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Andy Green to be their manager.

Mattingly reportedly interviewed for the Marlins’ job on Monday, though he had been linked to the job in reports since early September. At the time, the Dodgers were in the middle of a critical series against the San Francisco Giants, and there wasn’t much Mattingly could say.

“I’m not worried about anything as far as that goes,” he said. “I’m happy here. I feel like I’m a Dodger.”

That changed last Thursday, when Mattingly and the Dodgers mutually agreed to forego the final year of his contract. It is unknown how much of Mattingly’s 2016 salary, if any, will be paid by the Dodgers.

Once the three hires are announced, the Dodgers will be the only MLB team without a manager.

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Managing expectations, Day 7: Tim Wallach reportedly interviews with Padres; A.J. Hinch staying put.

It’s been seven days since Don Mattingly and the Dodgers mutually parted ways. The quest to find Mattingly’s successor is proceeding exactly as Andrew Friedman predicted last Thursday: cautiously.

Two nuggets from the last 24 hours: Bench coach Tim Wallach has an interview scheduled with the San Diego Padres, and current Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch so far has no plans to leave.

“I am not a candidate,” Hinch told SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio channel. “I’m an Astro. I’m proud to be here. Jeff Luhnow, the GM here, Jim Crane, our owner, have been terrific to me. I’ve got this second chance here, they hired me last offseason to do a job and I’m completely content being here. Obviously I have great friends throughout the industry — [Dodgers executive] Josh Byrnes, the one who started me off with this managerial track in Arizona — so I have great respect. They are going to hire a great guy. It’s not going to be me.”

Dodgers director of player development Gabe Kapler is the top candidate to replace Mattingly. Dodgers third base coach Ron Roenicke and Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez are also among the favorites. Formal interviews haven’t begun.

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Watch: Don Mattingly on managing the Marlins, Yasiel Puig, Zack Greinke, and some what-ifs.

In an interview on the Dan Patrick Show, former Dodgers manager Don Mattingly discussed the possibility of becoming the Marlins’ next manager (maybe someday he can tell Patrick they’re not the “Florida” Marlins anymore), Yasiel Puig, Zack Greinke, what went wrong this year for the Dodgers, and a variety of other topics he didn’t cover in his post-mutual-parting press conference.

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