Acta, 40, is well-liked by his bosses but appears to be taking the hit for the team's 16-43 start. Nationals bosses feel "something needs to be done,'' a person familiar with their thinking said.
Nationals bosses are said to admire Acta's patience. However, they may not have the same sort of patience. He is 148-234 in his time in Washington.
It isn't known how the early report of the likely firing might affect the Nationals' thinking. But normally the ultimate decision doesn't change based on the reporting.