Earlier this week, the Washington Nationals named Dusty Baker manager in a somewhat surprising development after a deal with Bud Black reportedly fell apart.
With Baker as manager now, however, things are moving quickly as the Nats build the new skipper's staff.
Wednesday afternoon saw the announcement of Mike Maddux as the new pitching coach in the nation's capital and this morning the Nationals announced that Davey Lopes will be joining Baker's staff as the Nationals' new first base coach:
The #Nats have agreed to terms with Davey Lopes as first base coach.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) November 5, 2015
In addition to that news, Bob Nightengale, of USA TODAY Sports, tweeted this morning that there may be another new member of Baker's staff announced in the near future:
Don't be surprised if well-respected Alex Cora joins the #Nats staff under Dusty Baker.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 5, 2015
Cora, 40, played in the majors for 14 years (from 1998-2011) and finished his career with a season in D.C.
He's been mentioned as a candidate for several of the available managerial job around baseball this year.
No word from Nightengale what role he would fill if he does indeed join the Nationals.
More info on Dusty Baker and news from the Nats to come. Baker's introductory press conference in Nationals Park starts at 11:00 AM and it's available on MASN.