AP source: Astros, Dusty Baker working on manager deal

Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker smiles during a baseball press conference at Nationals Park, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in Washington. The Nationals host the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

(AP) - A person with knowledge of the negotiations says Dusty Baker is working to finalize an agreement to become manager of the Houston Astros.

The 70-year-old Baker would become the oldest manager in the big leagues. He last managed the Washington Nationals in 2017 and previously led the Reds, Cubs and Giants.

He takes over from AJ Hinch, who was fired Jan. 13 just an hour after he was suspended for the season by Major League Baseball for his role in Houston’s sign-stealing scandal.

The hiring of Baker is a sign the Astros want to bring an old-school mentality and stern presence to a franchise reeling from the dismissal of Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow.

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