Matt Williams, left, was Kirk Gibson's third base coach in Arizona. (Norm Hall / Getty Images)
The Nationals will hire Matt Williams as their new manager, FoxSports.com and others reported Friday.
Williams, 47, has been a coach on Kirk Gibson’s staff with the Diamondbacks.
He joined Arizona in 2010 as first base coach and was third base coach this past season.
Williams replaces Davey Johnson, who stepped down at the end of the season.
Williams spent 17 seasons in the majors as a third baseman with the Giants, Diamondbacks and Indians.
Williams won the National League home run title with 43 in 1994 and hit 378 career homers.
Slam ball up for auction
A University of Rhode Island student is selling the grand slam ball that propelled the Red Sox into the World Series.
California-based SCP Auctions says it’s been enlisted to auction the ball hit by outfielder Shane Victorino in the clinching Game 6 of the American League Championship Series against the Tigers at Fenway Park.
The Sox were down 2-1 when Victorino hit the grand slam into the seats behind the Green Monster, where Nick Wood was sitting.
The 23-year-old senior from Westborough, Mass., was celebrating when a security guard yelled that the ball was rolling around at his feet.
In a release sent Friday by the auction house, Nick Wood says he’s a lifelong Sox fan but not much of a collector.
Bidding is from Nov. 20 through Dec. 7.
Wedge, Cubs to talk
The Cubs plan to interview former Mariners manager Eric Wedge for their opening, according to multiple reports.
The Cubs are looking to replace Dale Sveum, who was 127-197 over two seasons before getting fired.
Wedge went 213-273 in three years as Seattle’s manager and announced at the end of the year he would not return in 2014 because he considered the situation untenable.
Before that, he helped rebuild Cleveland into a contender. Wedge is 774-846 in 10 seasons.
He joins a list of candidates that includes AJ Hinch, Manny Acta, Rick Renteria and Dave Martinez.