John McLaren taking a front office role with the Nationals

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Depending on what you hear right now, Nationals interim manager John McLaren may or may not be leaving the organization.

Major-league sources tell Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that McLaren will likely resign when the Nationals name Davey Johnson as their new manager.

McLaren, who was ejected in the eighth inning during his first game as interim manager last night, reportedly plans to step aside out of loyalty to Riggleman as well as “his overall frustration with the Nationals’ situation.” Of course, McLaren served as bench coach under Riggleman, so the Nationals may need to settle on a replacement for the major league staff.

Meanwhile, Bill Ladson of MLB.com hears that McLaren is “not leaving the Nationals,” so it’s possible that he will stay with the organization in another capacity.

Johnson could take over as manager as soon as Monday, though the Nationals have yet to make an official announcement. The reported reason for the delay is because Johnson’s agent is currently in Japan.

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UPDATE, 8:05 PM: Amanda Comack of the Washington Times has confirmed that McLaren is staying with the Nationals in a front office role.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.