VIERA, Fla. -- Outfielder Jayson Werth has three years left on his contract with the Nationals. He will be 38 by the time the contract expires in 2017. Would he like to become a manager once his playing career comes to an end?
After all, after batting practice, Werth was seen coaching his son on his swing, and he recently took the lineup card to home plate before the Nationals played the Tigers.
"Do I want to manage? I don't know. That's a good question," Werth said. "It's a thankless job. I kind of thought about it, but I don't know. I think Davey Johnson's philosophy is right: The players win the game and the manager loses it. It's a thankless job. I don't know if I would consider it or not.
"I know when my good friend Raul Ibanez put his name in the hat for the Tampa Bay job last year, I told him he was crazy. I don't know. Maybe after some time away, I would consider it. As of right now, I have no plans of doing it right now."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.