Dusty Baker looked so sad and spent after the Nationals’ heartbreaking elimination, some wondered whether he wanted to keep doing this. But word is, he’d love “another crack” with this Nats team and is just awaiting final word from the team. “It’s up to (the Nats),” one person familiar with the situation said. GM Mike Rizzo hasn’t said anything, but most people around the team seem to be thinking Baker will be back for 2018, and other sources suggest they, too, believe Baker will be back.

Some wonder how the Nats could even consider letting go of Baker. “Why should he be fired? They had so many injuries. They lost (Adam) Eaton. (Trea) Turner was out a lot. And they had many other injuries. Plus, their bullpen was a mess in the first half,” one MLB manager said.