Washington Nationals name Chicago Cubs bench coach Martinez as manager

Nationals to hire Cubs bench coach Davey Martinez as next manager: report

Martinez had a 16-year career as a player from 1986-2001 for the Expos, Cubs, Rays, White Sox, Giants, Braves, Rangers, Reds and Blue Jays as an outfielder and first baseman. When Maddon became the Cubs' skipper before the 2015 season, Martinez followed him there, where together the pair helped lead the Cubs to the 2016 World Series title, the team's first championship in 108 years.

Martinez, 53, represents a stark departure from Baker, who was the winningest active manager when his Nationals tenure ended.

Martinez has agreed to a three-year deal with an option, the source told ESPN, confirming a report by The Washington Post.

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A little more than a week after announcing it would part ways with manager Dusty Baker, the Nationals have hired his replacement: Dave Martinez.

Martinez, Joe Maddon's bench coach since 2008, interviewed recently in Washington. Mets hitting coach Kevin Long and former Red Sox manager John Farrell also interviewed for the Washington job. The Nationals, met with Martinez last Thursday, having dinner with the owners of the team. Along the way, Martinez interviewed for a few manager openings, including to replace Davey Johnson in Washington, a job that eventually went to the hilariously miscast Matt Williams.

The Nationals won the NL East by 20 games this season, but were ousted in five games in the National League Division Series by the Los Angeles Dodgers. This is new for the Nats; since relocating to D.C., the team has only signed managers for two years at a time. The Lerner family earned a reputation for putting little value on managers, a reputation born out in their unwillingness to provide extensions to veterans like Baker (or Jim Riggleman), and in their initial offers to candidates over the years. A formal announcement isn't likely to come until Monday at the earliest, possibly not until after the World Series ends.

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