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Porter hears Nationals talk, commited to Astros

Porter hears Nationals talk, commited to Astros

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Porter hears Nationals talk, commited to Astros

HOUSTON -- Could Bo Porter be a candidate to manage the Washington Nationals next year? Not so fast.

Porter's name has already surfaced as a potential replacement for Davey Johnson, but the first-year Astros skipper isn't buying it. When asked Friday about a Washington Post article that said Porter was an ownership favorite in Washington and highly regarded by general manager Mike Rizzo, Porter brushed it aside.

Porter was the Nationals' third-base coach prior to coming to Houston, where he's made his home for several years.

"I'm the Houston Astros manager," he said. "I enjoyed time my time in Washington. It's something that you have no control over what somebody is going to say or what someone else is going to think. I'm 100 percent entrenched into getting our situation here to where it is we want to be. The situation in Washington is completely out of my hands and -- I'm going to give you my famous one -- out of my jurisdiction."

Because he's in the first year of a multiyear contract, Porter could only land in Washington if the Nationals made a trade or if he was let go by the Astros, but the Astros remain committed to him as much as he remains committed to the Astros.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. Chris Abshire is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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