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Nationals rumors: Washington considering extension for Dusty Baker

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Baker helped the Nationals earn another NL East title.

National League Division Series - Los Angeles Dodgers v. Washington Nationals - Game Five

Manager Dusty Baker’s contract is set to expire at the end of the 2017 season, but the Nationals are willing to consider extending the deal, according to Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post.

Though there haven’t been any discussions between the two sides with regard to an extension, according to Castillo, Baker’s influence on the team was clear in his first season managing the Nationals. The Nationals ended the season with 95 wins, and Baker helped lead the club to another National League East title.

However, the Dodgers ended Washington’s season in the divisional round of the playoffs, one year after Baker signed a two-year deal to manage the Nationals.

Though it’s unclear how long Baker wants to continue managing, he is in a position to receive an extension entering 2017. Even if it is a short-term deal, Baker, 67, will likely receive a raise. Still, there will be pressure to lead the Nationals to their first championship.