Report: Davey Johnson to be named Nationals manager

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Davey Johnson will manage the Nationals for the rest of this season and 2012, ESPNChicago’s Nick Friedell reports.

It’ll be the first managerial gig for the 68-year-old Johnson since his two-year stint with the Dodgers ended in 2000.  The one-time World Series winner with the Mets in 1986 has a career 1,148-888 record in 14 seasons as a manager.

It lopoks like a great hire for the Nationals if Johnson truly has the desire to manage again.  He’s indicated in the past that he didn’t.  At least when it comes to in-game tactics, Johnson should run circles around Jim Riggleman, who was one of the game’s weakest managers in that regard.  The Nationals will probably try to decide on a manager of the future this winter to add as a bench coach for 2012 and then step in for Johnson the following season.

Orioles claim Jace Peterson off waivers from the Yankees

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The Baltimore Orioles have claimed utilityman Jace Peterson off waivers from the Yankees.

Peterson has played in three games this season and has been DFA’d twice. He had no place to play in New York but perhaps the O’s can use his versatility. While mostly a second baseman in his career he’s appeared at every position except pitcher and catcher at some point along the way, and that’s useful. More useful for a team that isn’t going anyplace like Baltimore, I presume. Saves ’em on gas money from Norfolk when someone gets an owie.

To make room for Peterson the O’s moved Gabriel Ynoa, who is suffering from shoulder inflammation, from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. Ynoa has yet to appear in a game this season.