That’s the speculation from Jon Heyman anyway:
Manny Acta appears to be on his way out as Nationals manager, and while respected ex-big league manager Jim Riggleman reportedly will be installed as the interim manager, team higher-ups also have begun internal discussions about permanent candidates. One of those candidates to replace Acta, according to National League sources, is Bobby Valentine, who is currently in his seventh season as manager of the Chiba Lotte Mariners in Japan.
I think Valentine is as good a candidate as any, and to be sure, his contract situation with Chiba Lotte is such that he is probably looking for a Major League offer. But please, can someone tell me what “National League sources” are? If it’s someone on the Nats, that could be news, but presumably Heyman would say a “Nationals source” if he had one. Isn’t anyone else in the National League speculating just like anyone else?