WASHINGTON -- There is a possibility that former Washington Senators great Frank Howard could be working for the Nationals, as team president Stan Kasten announced during the club's Hot Stove luncheon Friday that both parties are in negotiations. One baseball source said that Howard could be an ambassador for the franchise.

Howard, 72, was a surprise guest at the luncheon and was sitting with the Lerner Group. When he was introduced by play-by play broadcaster Charlie Slowes, Howard received a standing ovation.

"We all love Frank as much as any of you out here," Kasten said. "There are talks going on. There isn't anything I could talk about today, but Frank and I are having discussions."

It was on Thursday that Howard told MLB.com that he would love to work for the Nationals.

"I think it would be intriguing," Howard said. "I don't know if any jobs are open, but it would be very intriguing. It might be a nice thing. The prodigal son has returned."

The Nationals are planning to unveil a statue of Howard in Center Field Plaza at Nationals Park this coming season. Howard was one of the best position players to play for the Senators.

During his seven years in Washington, the man affectionately known as "the Capital Punisher" hit .279 and averaged 33 home runs and 95 RBIs. He represented the Senators in three All-Star Games and finished in the top five in the American League MVP voting twice.