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Nationals rumors: Bud Black, Ron Wotus and Phil Nevin

The Nationals are showing interest in Bud Black, Ron Wotus, and have already interviewed Phil Nevin.

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

According to a report by James Wagner, "the Nationals have interest in former Padres manager Bud Black and Giants longtime bench coach Ron Wotus." Washington's GM, Mike Rizzo, has made it known that they will be interviewing candidates with previous coaching experience, and both of these men certainly fit that mold.

Black managed the Padres for eight years before being let go, and was the Angels pitching coach for seven years. Wotus is a less well known commodity, however he has a strong reputation in the game. He's been the Giants bench coach since 1999, and has served under three different managers (Dusty Baker, Felipe Alou, and Bruce Bochy).

"Under Bochy as his right-hand man, Wotus has been an integral part of the Giants teams that won the World Series in 2010, 2012, and 2014, which included an NLDS toppling of the Nationals. Wotus, 54, is known for his personality, communication skills, infield coaching, and ability to blend old and new baseball ideas such as defensive shifts."

He also managed in the Giants' minor league system from 1991 to 1997, and won two manager of the year awards during that time.

The Nationals have also already interviewed Phil Nevin, the Diamondbacks AAA manager.

"The former longtime major league infielder was known for his emotional outbursts as a player, but has mellowed as [a] minor league manager. He began managing in independent league baseball in 2009, then moved to the Tigers' Class AA and AAA affiliates. In two season as the manager of the Reno Aces, the Diamondbacks' Class AAA affiliate, Nevin compiled a 151-137 record."

Nevin has also attracted interest from the Marlins, Padres, and Mariners, and has quickly become a popular target. While the Nationals have said they will take their time before making a decision, if Nevin emerges as their favorite candidate, they may have to act sooner rather than later to prevent another team from hiring him.