Report: Bud Black ‘deeply offended’ by Nationals’ contract offer
Bud Black will no longer be the next manager of the Washington Nationals after being insulted by the team’s contract offer, reports say.
Black accepted the Nationals’ managerial position last Wednesday and the two sides began exchanging contract figures shortly thereafter, according to CBS Sports. However, the Nationals gave him a “low-ball” offer that left the manager “deeply offended.”
From me and @barrysvrluga, via sources: Nats chose Black on Wednesday, first offer left him "deeply offended," talks crumbled by Saturday.
— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) November 3, 2015
USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports that the initial offer to Black was two years for less than $2 million. By comparison, the Miami Marlins, notorious for being cheap, just gave Don Mattingly $10 million over four years.
Reports of the contract dispute between Black and the Nats emerged hours after it was reported that the team had turned its attention to Dusty Baker.
Baker, 66, managed the San Francisco Giants from 1993-2002, the Cubs from 2003-2006, and he most recently was the manager of the Cincinnati Reds from 2008-2013. He was making $3.5 million with the Reds, leading many to wonder how his financial negotiations with the Nats will go.