MIAMI -- Nationals outfielder Rick Ankiel made it known recently that he wants to return to the Nationals next year. He believes their future is bright and he wants to be a part of it.
Ankiel, who is a free agent after the season, was a productive player once he recovered from wrist and rib-cage injuries.
"I would like to comeback. It was a lot of fun," Ankiel said. "I think more than anything, as a player who has been around, you want to win and this organization is definitely going in that direction. Looking at what they have coming and what this team can be, it would be a lot of fun."
Porter interviews with Marlins
MIAMI -- Nationals third-base coach Bo Porter interviewed for the Marlins managerial job on Monday afternoon. Porter met with Larry Beinfest, the team's president of baseball operations, general manager Michael Hill and owner Jeffrey Loria for 2 1/2 hours.
Porter declined to talk about what was said in the meeting. He is looking to replace Jack McKeon, who has decided to retire after this season.
Porter is familiar with the Marlins organization. He was their third-base coach and outfield/baserunning instructor from 2007-09.
"I hope he is back. I know he interviewed for the Marlins job today. I hope it went well," manager Davey Johnson said about Porter. "I hope we don't lose him."
Porter is also a candidate for the Nationals' managerial job if Davey Johnson decides to step down as manager.
In order for Johnson to return as manager, he wants to make sure that the Nationals want him back in the same capacity -- and they do -- and he would like to have a say in personnel matters on the field. Johnson has two years left on his contract as a consultant.
"I would like to see how much they like my opinion on trades, free-agent signings and that sort of thing," Johnson said. "If I'm a big part of it, that would have a big bearing on my return. I love the talent level and I love where they are at in the development stages [when it comes to] some of these young players."
Johnson also said that he has a great relationship with general manager Mike Rizzo.
"I really enjoy my relationship with Rizzo. He is a good man," Johnson said.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.