Former Giants third baseman Matt Williams was named the Washington Nationals' new manager, a day after the World Series.

"Matt played with intensity as a player, but he also was a terrific teammate. He was always team first," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said. "As a manager candidate, he has the same fire and the same team-first attitude."

The Nationals will hold a news conference Friday to introduce Williams. He replaces Davey Johnson, the N.L. Manager of the Year in 2012 who announced before this season that 2013 would be it for him. Washington finished 86-76 in 2013.

Williams, 47, had a 17-year playing career with the Giants, Cleveland and Arizona. He was the third-base coach for the Diamondbacks the past three seasons. He has only brief managerial experience at any level.

World Series ratings: The World Series television rating on Fox was up 17 percent over last year but was the lowest for a matchup that went at least six games. Boston's 4-2 Series win over St. Louis averaged an 8.9 rating, 15 share and 14.9 million viewers, Nielsen Media Research said.

Yankees: Alex Rodriguez accused commissioner Bud Selig of turning a "blind eye" to "crimes" being committed by MLBs investigators in the Biogenesis probe that led to a 211-game suspension for the New York Yankees third baseman. MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred fired back, saying Rodriguez's use of PEDs "was longer and more pervasive than any other player." Rodriguez is appealing the suspension. His hearing will resume Nov. 18 before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.


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Free agents: A total of 147 players became free agents, including pitchers Grant Balfour and Bartolo Colon of the A's and Chad Gaudin and Javier Lopez of the Giants. Others include second baseman Robinson Cano; outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and Shin-Soo Choo; catcher Brian McCann; and pitchers Roy Halladay, Tim Hudson and Fernando Rodney.

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    Indians: Cleveland signed slugger Jason Giambi to a minor league deal and released controversial closer Chris Perez.