Agent: No change of heart for Girardi

Agent: No change of heart for Girardi

WASHINGTON -- Agent Steve Mandel denied a report on Thursday that his client, Joe Girardi, is considering putting himself back in the mix as a managerial candidate with the Nationals.

The New York Post reported Thursday that the Nationals wanted Girardi to reconsider his position of pulling out and that Girardi is thinking about being a candidate again.

General manager Jim Bowden was not available for comment, but a source familiar with the Nationals' thinking said the report is "way off base."

Almost two weeks ago, Girardi put his name out of the running and cited that he didn't want to relocate his family.

"Nothing has changed. He took his name out of consideration a week ago and since that point, nothing has changed from that stance," Mandel said.

Girardi managed the Marlins last season to a surprising 78-84 record, but was dismissed two days after the season ended because of disputes with the front office.

Meanwhile, the Nationals have added Trent Jewett to the list of managerial candidates. He had his meeting with Bowden and assistant GM Bob Boone last Thursday.

Last season, Jewett managed for Triple-A Indianapolis -- a Pirates affiliate -- who went 76-66 in the International League. Jewett, 42, has been a Minor League manager since 1992.

"You want to compete at the highest level. It's an honor to get the opportunity to explain your viewpoints, theories and ways. Ultimately, I want to get an opportunity to show it," Jewett said.

Jewett considers himself a player's manager and said the skipper is not the most important role in the game.

"The players are the ones that are important. My philosophy has been, 'Take care of the players and the game will take care of you.' Without the players, we have nothing," he said.

The sound of silence: The Nationals interviewed Yankees first base coach Tony Pena three weeks ago about their managerial vacancy, but Pena has not heard from them since then. If Pena doesn't get a call back, he's hoping to be back with the Yankees in his same role.

He is still here: Shortly after the season ended, the Nationals offered third base coach Tony Beasley a job to be a manager at Double-A Harrisburg, but that job will go to somebody else. So what does that mean for John Stearns, who managed the team in 2006? He will continue to be with the organization, but he doesn't know what role he will have in the organization. Stearns said the Nationals have to settle their managerial situation in the Major Leagues before they could even think about him.

"The Major League manager has to be hired and then the Major League staff has to be hired and then player development falls into place," Stearns said. "For me, I'm back with the organization. I'm not exactly sure where I'll be next year. I'm happy that I'll be back in some capacity."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.