Dusty Baker wants to manage the Washington Nationals next season. He wants to win his 2,000th game as a manager and finally add a World Series title to a résumé that probably would earn him serious Hall of Fame consideration if he does.

“Why not? This is what I came here for,” said Baker, 67. “I didn’t come for two years. I came to win back-to-back titles.”

But Baker’s two-year contract expires after this season, and while many teams choose to extend managers they plan to retain before their deals expire, the Nationals have not done so.

Baker and the Nationals have not had formal contract talks about his future, though he says he has made clear his intentions to keep managing.

“I mentioned it to one of the primary people [in Nationals management]. And I mentioned it to [General Manager Mike Rizzo] one time,” Baker said. “That’s enough. They know.”

Baker led the Nationals to a 95-win season last season. This year, he has navigated them to a larger division lead than they had at any point last year. So why haven’t the Nationals given him an extension?

“Our priority is to focus on the team this season, and to win these games,” Rizzo said. “but we’re not going to mistake that for not making him a priority.”

One person familiar with Rizzo’s thinking said he hoped to get an extension done with Baker during spring training and “strongly recommended” to ownership that they extend Baker before his deal expires.