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Davey Johnson agrees to contract with Nationals, plans to retire after 2013

Nationals manager Johnson celebrates after his team secured the National League East Division championship in Washington

Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson (C) celebrates with fans after his team secured the National League East Division championship at the end of their MLB National League baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Washington October 1, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)


UPDATE: It’s official. The Nationals announced this morning that Johnson will return as manager in 2013 before shifting into a consultant role for 2014.

3:45 PM, Friday: Whatever drama there was surrounding Davey Johnson’s contract negotiations with the Nationals is over, as Bill Ladson of reports that the two sides have agreed to a new deal and adds that 2013 will likely be the 70-year-old’s final season as a manager.

Johnson went more than a decade without managing before taking over the Nationals from Jim Riggleman in mid-2011 and has a 138-107 (.563) record in Washington that includes an NL-best 98 wins this year.

Johnson hinted that this season might have been his final one if the Nationals had won the World Series and Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Johnson is expected to resume his role as a special advisor to the front office after retiring as manager. And do lots of fishing too, of course.