The Nationals announced Friday that they would not be bringing Baker back. His two-year deal with the club is expiring.
The contracts for the members of Baker's coaching staff also are finished. The team said it will work with its new manager to fill those positions.
The moves come the week after Washington was eliminated from its NL Division Series against the
This outcome, essentially, is what Baker was worried about as far back as
Before the series against the Cubs began, Baker was asked about his possible future in Washington.
"I've given some thought to some things, but we were told that we were waiting until after the season to make a determination," he said at the time. "There's a good chance I'll be back."
He expected negotiations to pick up after the season ended.
As for general manager
Despite a host of injuries to key players, the Nationals went 97-65 this season, finishing 20 games out in front in their division.
In 2016, Baker's first in Washington, the club was 95-67, and he finished third in voting for
In all, the 68-year-old has spent 22 seasons as a big league manager, accumulating more than 1,800 regular-season wins with the
He was a player in the majors for 19 years.
"I think Dusty's great. The whole coaching staff. ... They do such a good job of making sure they relate to us. That's a great group of guys in there. They're just as much deserving of the success we've had as we are. They probably work harder than us, to be honest with you," first baseman
Other teams currently looking for a manager include two other members of the NL East: the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Detroit Tigers have hired
The Tigers announced the move Friday, saying Gardenhire has agreed to a three-year contract.
Gardenhire takes over for Brad Ausmus, who was let go after four seasons as Detroit's manager. The Tigers went 64-98 this season, finishing tied for the worst record in the majors.
The 59-year-old Gardenhire was the bench coach this season for the
Tigers general manager Al Avila confirmed that the club is declining their $16-million option on right-hander
6:35 p.m.: This article has been updated with the hiring of Ron Gardenhire as manager of the Detroit Tigers.