The Nationals are in the middle of a managerial search after firing Matt Williams and, according to a new report, they have already interviewed at least one candidate. That would be Phil Nevin, who is currently the Triple-A manager in the Arizona Diamondbacks' organization.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported the news on Tuesday morning. He says that Nevin and the Nationals sat down on Monday to discuss the job.
Nevin, 44, is a former big league player of 12 MLB seasons. He spent most of his career with the Padres, but also played for the Tigers, Astros, Rangers, Cubs, Angels and Twins. The Astros picked him first overall in the 1992 MLB Draft.
Nevin ironically hails from the same organization the Nationals hired Williams away from. He joined the Diamondbacks before the 2014 season to coach the Reno Aces. Following that year he interviewed for the Houston Astros managerial position, but they instead chose A.J. Hinch.
One interesting part of Nevin's background is his versatility as a player. Nevin played at least 40 games at six different positions. He mostly played at either first or third base, but also appeared in 128 games as an outfielder and 109 as a catcher.
The Nationals are expected to take their time with the managerial search and interview more candidates than they did in the fall of 2013. They are coveting experience this time and though Nevin has never managed at the major league level, he has an extensive history coaching in the minors.