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Report: Arizona Diamondbacks coach Matt Williams a candidate to be Washington Nationals manager

Kirk Gibson’s coaching staff may lose a key member following this season.

According to CBS baseball insider Jon Heyman, third base coach Matt Williams is a candidate to take over for Davey Johnson in Washington next season.

Williams is a bit of a surprise because he doesn’t have an extensive managerial background, though he did interview and was a finalist for the Rockies’ managing job that went to ex-Rockies player Walt Weiss last winter. Williams managed the Salt River Rafters in the Arizona Fall League. He is an extremely well respected as a coach because of his diligence and team-first attitude.

Williams was hired as the D-backs’ first base coach in November 2009, and was moved to third base prior to the 2011 season. He is also a partial owner of the team.