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Williams a candidate to manage Nationals

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Arizona Diamondbacks third-base coach Matt Williams is a candidate to take over as manager of the Washington Nationals next year, CBS Sports reported Thursday.

Williams has been a coach for the Diamondbacks since 2010. He has also managed the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League.

Current Nationals manager Davey Johnson said before the season that this would be his last as manager and that he would return to the team as an adviser.

Williams was a finalist for the Colorado Rockies managerial job last year, which ultimately went to Walt Weiss.

"He has the traits of (Kirk) Gibson," said one general manager in reference to the Diamondbacks manager. "He's tough-minded, and doesn't let things slide. He has a fierceness to him."

The Nationals are planning to search for a successor to Johnson after the season. Johnson is expected to help in the decision-making process. Williams is reportedly being considered.

Williams has ties to Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, who was a scout for the Diamondbacks in the early 2000s. Williams played for the Diamondbacks from 1998-2003.

Williams also played for the San Francisco Giants and Cleveland Indians. He was a five-time All Star and hit 378 career home runs.
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