The Nationals have officially announced that Davey Johnson will return as manager for 2013.
Barring a change, however, this season will be Johnson's last as the Nationals' skipper.
A release sent out by the team says that Johnson will move into a consulting role with the Nationals after this upcoming season. Johnson's consulting deal runs through the 2014 season.
"I love managing this ballclub in this town, and for that, I owe a debt of gratitude to the Lerner Family and Mike Rizzo," Johnson said in a team-issued statement. "As everyone knows, we have some unfinished business to tend to in '13. I have a feeling this upcoming season will be filled with many memorable moments."
Johnson led the Nats to a 98-win season and an National League East title in 2012.
The Nationals would prefer to promote a manager from within the organization to take over for Johnson after this season.
Bench coach Randy Knorr is considered the favorite to eventually be promoted to the managerial role.