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Will the Nationals extend Dusty Baker?

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 24: Manager Dusty Baker #12 of the Washington Nationals talks with Bryce Harper #34 during the fourth inning of the game against the Minnesota Twins at Nationals Park on April 24, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

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Nationals manager Dusty Baker is heading into the final year of his two-year contract, signed back in November 2015. The veteran skipper led the Nationals to a first-place finish at 95-67, though the club was defeated in five games in the NLDS by the Dodgers.

Baker’s future is uncertain, but MASN’s Pete Kerzel expects the Nationals to extend Baker’s contract by the time spring training begins in mid-February. He does not think the Nationals will allow Baker the option to walk away considering the success the team had in his first year at the helm.

As Kerzel notes, the Nationals don’t have any obvious in-house successors in the event Baker were to leave, which only makes it seem like a no-brainer to keep him around. The Nationals’ players, a mix of youth and veterans, seemed to enjoy playing for him.

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