In late September, The Washington Post reported that Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo and manager Davey Johnson had begun discussing Johnson's return in 2013.
In mid-October, after the Nationals lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the Division Series, Johnson told the Post he wanted to remain manager, citing "unfinished business."
It is now early November. And Johnson is still not signed to manage the Nationals next season.
But Johnson, in a telephone interview on Monday, said that the two sides are talking, and that he is not bothered by the delay.
"I'm not mad at anyone. I love the Nationals. I love the Lerners," Johnson said, referring to the team's owners.
"It's just what it is. I'm perfectly comfortable waiting. I want to be back. It's not like I don't want to be back."
While the holdup has been on the Nationals' end, it appears to be more a matter of timing than a dispute over terms with Johnson. Rizzo did not return a text message seeking comment.