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Backman may bolt for Nats

10/11/2011
Adam Rubin

With the Mets set to interview former Nationals manager Jim Riggleman for the bench coach position Wednesday, Wally Backman may be headed the opposite direction.

Backman is considering joining the Washington Nationals as a major league coach on the staff of his former manager, Davey Johnson, the Post reports.

Sandy Alderson suggested last week on a conference call to announce Mets coaching changes that Backman was poised to become Triple-A Buffalo manager. If Backman remains with the Mets organization and fills that role, he would succeed Tim Teufel as Bisons skipper. Teufel is replacing departed Chip Hale as Mets third base coach.

Backman managed Double-A Binghamton this past season. He rejoined the organization in 2009 to manage the Brooklyn Cyclones.

"Wally has a history of motivating his players and having success," Alderson said last week.

UPDATE: Bill Ladson, who covers the Nationals for MLB.com, reports Washington does not intend to put Backman on its major league staff.