Wire Taps: Washington Nationals Announce Davey Johnson's Return For 2013; Bryce Harper ROY?

Rob Carr

Wire Taps return with the weekend in Washington Nationals news. The Nats announced that Davey Johnson would be back in 2013. The SB Nation awarded Bryce Harper their ROY Award for 2012. The BBWAA announces their version of the award tonight. For now, links and lots of them...

• Nats Weekend In Review: The BBWAA hands out their 2012 Rookie of the Year Awards tonight. Washington Nationals' outfielder Bryce Harper is one of three finalists in the National League along with the D-Backs' Wade Miley and the Reds' Todd Frazier. Harper won the SB Nation's Rookie of the Year Award as we announced this morning. Will he win the BBWAA's version of the award tonight? The winners in the AL and NL will be announced at 6:00 pm EST on the MLB Network. D.C. GM Mike Rizzo appeared on MLB Network Radio on Sunday, talking with former Nats' GM Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette about Washington's Hot Stove plans. Zack Greinke? Michael Bourn? B.J. Upton? The Nationals' general manager talked about all of them Sunday morning. The Nats announced late last week that Davey Johnson would be back for one more run with the Nationals in 2013. After that, barring any change of mind, the soon-to-turn 70-year-old skipper will return to a consultant's role with the team. Can Johnson and the Nats defend their NL East crown? How much better will the 20-year-old Bryce Harper be? Who will be the Nationals' fifth starter in 2013? The Hot Stove season is just getting started. Here's a quick look back at this weekend's Nats news... starting RIGHT NOW!!!:

• THE BIG STORY!!!:

• "[Bryce] Harper, at first, made a huge impact with his attitude -- one of the most memorable moments of the season was when Cole Hamels purposely plunked Harper, and Harper responded by stealing home." - "2012 was an unprecedentedly good year for rookies." - Joe Posnanski, SportsonEarth.com

• "2005-06 - BEST MOVE: Trading Brad Wilkerson, Terrmel Sledge and Armando Galarraga to the Rangers for Alfonso Soriano." - "Best and worst offseason moves" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• "'It just takes longer with the process here. I think we beat last year. I’m glad it’s over.'" - Davey Johnson -"Davey Johnson, Nationals officially agree to deal for return in 2013 season [UPDATED]" - James Wagner, Washington Post

• "We’ve got some unfinished business. I think we can be better. I know we can be better." - "Nationals announce 2013 season will be Davey Johnson's last as manager" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "GM Mike Rizzo certainly shouldn’t be in a rush to push Johnson into a consultant role, and Johnson might feel like returning at the end of next year’s campaign." - "SNYDER: No rush to say 2013 is Davey Johnson's last year in the dugout" - Deron Snyder, Washington Times

• "Nationals manager Davey Johnson will return as manager next season before moving into a consultant role in 2014..." - "Johnson returning as Nationals' manager next season" - Brian McNally, WashingtonExaminer.com

• "For his part, [Davey] Johnson has tried his best to put the recruiting push on his first baseman. 'I told him, 'Let's have a package deal, you and me coming back,' Johnson quipped on Saturday." - "Thoughts observations and leftovers on Adam LaRoche, Sean Burnett, Sammy Solis, Justin Upton and more" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "A release sent out by the team says that Johnson will move into a consulting role with the Nationals after this upcoming season." - "Nationals Pastime: Johnson to manage one more season, move to consultant role in 2014" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• "[Davey] Johnson registered his seventh 90-win campaign and joined Billy Martin as the only managers to guide four different teams to the postseason." - "Davey set to manage Nats for one more year" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com: News

• "For the past three seasons, Sean Burnett has been the Nationals’ best left-handed reliever, a crucial part to a bullpen that consistently ranked among the game’s best." - "Sean Burnett’s market takes shape" - Adam Kilgore, Washington Post

• "[Bryce] Harper, now 20, spent his rookie season placing his name among the greatest 19-year-olds ever." - "Nationals' Bryce Harper, Gio Gonzalez, Davey Johnson go hunting for hardware" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Tops in the league in homers and OPS, and with 21 stolen bases to complement, no one at the position provided the tools Desmond did in 2012." - "Is Desmond MLB's best shortstop?" - Chase Hughes, NatsInsider.com

• "[Bryce] Harper has been predicted for greatness since before he had a driver’s license, but he lived up to most of the hype this summer, putting together one of the best seasons ever by a teenager." - "Major Awards Could Soften Sting of Nationals Postseason" - David Elfin, CBS DC

• "[Sean] Burnett will be the toughest guy for the Nationals to bring back. The 30-year-old battled through elbow discomfort to put up a 2.38 ERA this season..." - "Nationals Pastime: Searching for southpaws" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• "'People say a lot of things. You just let the year play out. If we have another good year he might want to do it again.' - Nationals bench coach Randy Knorr on Johnson's plan to leave at the end of next season." - "The Week In Quotes: November 5-11" - Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco, Baseball Prospectus

• "Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told SiriusXM that he's considered pursuing free-agent starter Zack Greinke, but the team's No. 1 offseason goal is resigning first baseman Adam LaRoche." - "Nationals GM says re-signing Adam LaRoche his top priority" - C. Trent Rosencrans, CBSSports.com

• "[Bryce] Harper, though, has numbers that stack up well against all of the other members of the 2012 NL rookie wrecking crew." - "Castrovince: Why Bryce Harper deserves to be named the NL's top rookie" - Anthony Castrovince, nationals.com: News

• "Surprisingly, Harper has come up short in both awards that have been handed out recognizing the top NL rookie so far." - "Nationals Pastime: Award week has arrived" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• "With the team likely parting ways with Edwin Jackson -- and John Lannan apparently not far behind -- the Nats need a fifth starter." - "Looking at the Nationals' offseason needs" - Brian McNally, WashingtonExaminer.com

• "Friday was the one-year anniversary of the night that anyone who knows [Wilson] Ramos will not soon forget." - "One year after kidnapping, Wilson Ramos in good spirits as rehab on right knee progresses well" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "The Nationals have those choices at their disposal in part because of [Bryce] Harper, who can toggle around the outfield based on the Nationals’ needs." - "Nationals’ free agent plans center on Bryce Harper’s future" - Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "Past history clearly shows that violence cannot solve problems."

• NATS AFL/MINOR LEAGUE UPDATES:

AFL Updates (10/10) - Mesa 7, Salt River 5 - Brian Goodwin - 1 for 5, 1 2B; Matthew Skole - 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 BB; Anthony Rendon - 0 for 4, 2 Ks; Cole Kimball - 2.0 IP, 1 BB, 1 K - BOX SCORE

AFL Update (10/11) - Salt River 11, Phoenix 5 - Brian Goodwin 1 for 4, 2 R, 2 BB; Jason Martinson - 1 for 3, 1 2B, 2 BB, 2 Ks; Aaron Barrett - 1.0 IP, 1 K - BOX SCORE

• "Brian Goodwin and Matt Skole smacked RBI doubles, but a four-run second inning set the tone as Mesa edged Salt River 7-5 in Arizona Fall League competition Friday afternoon." - "Goodwin and Skole have RBI doubles, but Mesa drops Salt River 7-5" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

• "Brian Goodwin scored two runs and Jason Martinson added two RBIs as Salt River dropped Phoenix, 11-5." - "Goodwin, Martinson, Barrett shine in Salt River's 11-5 victory" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

• "Season Review: 2012 Syracuse Chiefs" - Luke Erickson, NationalsProspects.com

• "AFL Update: Nov. 11, 2012" - Luke Erickson, NationalsProspects.com

• NATSTOWN:

• "Of course Mike Rizzo has imagined Zack Greinke in the 2013 Nats rotation!" - Nats Enquirer

• "This Date in Washington Senators History – Senator League Leaders in Batting" - Art Audley, D.C. Baseball History

• "Teddy drew extended cheers from the Patriot Center crowd, and when The Patriot was declared the winner, booing ensued." - "Teddy loses to GMU Patriot. Crowd boos." - Presidents Race Fan, Let Teddy Win!

• "With Edwin Jackson‘s departure as a free agent, can we expect Rizzo to fill his spot in the rotation with a similar trade? Let’s see if we can identify some potential trade targets." - "Can the Nats trade for a starter?" - Nat Anacostia, Nats Noodles

• "In other important Washington Nationals Hot Stove news, Stephen Strasburg watched his beloved SDSU Aztecs lose to Syracuse on the USS Midway in San Diego on Sunday." - "Stephen Strasburg on an aircraft carrier" - Nats Enquirer

• NL EAST UPDATES:

Braves: "When the results of the voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America are announced Tuesday night, [Fredi] Gonzalez won't win. He wasn't among the three finalists." - "Steady Fredi Gonzalez should have been on top manager ballot" - Paul Hagen, braves.com: News

Mets: "At the GM meetings in Indian Wells, Calif., last week, Sandy Alderson said he might have some more "leeway" with the payroll after cutting ties with Jason Bay..." - "Andres Torres may be in New York Mets’ plans" - Dan Martin, NYPOST.com

Marlins: "By signing under the radar players looking to get back into the game to minor league contracts with an invitation to spring training, Miami was always able to put together a satisfactory team." - "Fish Bites: What Approach Do Miami Marlins Take At GM, Winter Meetings" - S Gelm, Fish Stripes

Phillies: "If the Phillies choose to get creative in filling their centerfield void, the AngelsPeter Bourjos is a potential trade target." - "Phillies offseason options: Peter Bourjos" - Corey Seidman, CSNPhilly.com

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