Just when Nationals fans thought Bud Black was the teams new manager, the team pulled a 180 as talks fell apart with Black. Instead, they went to the second choice on their wish list: Dusty Baker.
Washington announced that they hired the 66 year-old Baker on Tuesday to a multi-year deal. One of the big reasons for the falling out with Black was money. The Nationals tend to cheap out on managers with short-term contracts, usually offering two-year deals with options, but not much money. The original offer to Black was said to be a one year, $1.6 million dollar deal. Keep in mind, the Nationals have a $165 million payroll and an owner who is one of the 100 richest people in the world.