It's the offseason for most teams in the MLB, and there are quite a few manager spots open around the league. Atlanta Braves third base coach Ron Washington has been rumored to have been on the radar for some teams, but from the looks of it, he may be interested in managing for a contender in the AL.
Several reports have surfaced saying that Washington has reportedly expressed interest in the Houston Astros' vacant manager position. It was first reported by Jason Bristol and Jeremy Booth of KHOU 11 News in Houston and has since been corroborated by others.
It is not known at the moment if the Astros have a mutual interest in bringing Wash over to Houston. However, with former Braves executive Dana Brown running things in Space City now, I'm sure the Louisiana native will be atop his list of candidates to replace Dusty Baker.
Washington is no stranger to being a baseball manager. He was previously the manager for the Astros' in-state rival the Texas Rangers from 2007 to 2014, where he posted a .521 win percentage and led the team to two consecutive World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011.
After his days with the Rangers, he served as an infield coach for the Oakland Athletics before joining the Braves organization as their third base coach. He is widely beloved within the Braves and is considered one of the key pieces to the team's culture in the locker room, winning a World Series with them in 2021.
Obviously, losing Washington would be a big loss for the Braves and their coaching staff, but only time will tell if the Astros decide to give him the job. With Dusty Baker retiring, the Astros are looking to stay contenders in the AL and if Washington manages like he did in the prime days of the Rangers, they could stay like that for who knows how long.