MLB manager-shuffling is in full swing, with the Cubs and Reds both firing their skippers to start their offseasons. In D.C., however, they've known all season long as they made a liar out of principal owner Mark Lerner that manager Davey Johnson would retire.
Their season over well before the playoffs, the Nationals are, like the Cubs, now showing interest in one of the higher profile managers whose contract with his current team will be up.
**Girardi Update** I have learned that Washington Nationals have requested permission to interview Joe Girardi. Reds may be calling shortly.— David Kaplan (@thekapman) October 4, 2013
The manager who beat the Phillies in the 2009 World Series in the NL East division? That sort of fits with the Nats' traditional MO - every move designed to troll the Phillies in some way - but the real steal would be bringing in Charlie Manuel.