Ryan Zimmerman 3B/LF WAS Aug 20 '78

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said he's close to finalizing a deal to bring back manager Davey Johnson for next season.

"I'm thinking any time now," Rizzo said Thursday. "Soon." It was merely a formality that the two sides would eventually work something out. Johnson is the favorite to win National League Manager of the Year honors after guiding the Nats to a major league-leading 98 wins.

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