PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 14: Gerardo Parra #8 of the Arizona Diamondbacks talks with third base coach Matt Williams #9 while standing on base against the Baltimore Orioles at Chase Field on August 14, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
Matt Williams will become the next manager of the Washington Nationals, according to a report from Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
Sources: #Nationals plan to hire Matt Williams as manager with goal of keeping Randy Knorr as bench coach. Timing of announcement not known.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 25, 2013
The Arizona Diamondbacks third-base coach will replace Davey Johnson, who stepped down after two-plus seasons.
Williams, who has been a part of Arizona's coaching staff for the past four seasons, was a five-time All-Star over a 17-year career, winning a World Series with the Diamondbacks in 2001. The 47-year-old has no managerial experience, but has a oonnection with Nationals GM Mike Rizzo, who was the Diamondbacks' scouting director at the tail end of Williams' playing career.
As Rosenthal's report says, there is not a timetable for a formal announcement.
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