Nationals Hire Cubs Bench Coach Dave Martinez To Replace Dusty Baker

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Martinez agreed to a three-year contract plus an option with the Nationals, a person with knowledge of the deal said Sunday, for a job that will make him a manager in the majors for the first time.

Martinez played 16 season as an outfielder in the majors, for the Cubs, Expos, Reds, Giants, White Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, and Braves.

Davey Martinez is the Washington Nationals choice to be their next manager, sources tell FanRag Sports.

After falling in five games to the Cubs in the NL Division Series, Washington opted to fire Dusty Baker after two seasons and 192 victories. The Cubs have hired Jim Hickey, who worked with Maddon in Tampa, as their new pitching coach, while hitting coach Chili Davis and third-base coach Brian Butterfield came over from the Boston Red Sox.

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As Joe Maddon's bench coach for the last decade with both the Rays and the Cubs, Martinez has always been regarded a future manager around the sport. Since the Lerner family purchsed the club in 2006, no manager had been guaranteed more than two years, not even established and successful skippers like Baker and Davey Johnson.

The Washington Post noted that Martinez had a full-day interview while Farrell's confab with the team was much briefer.

The Nationals have yet to win a playoff series since the franchise relocated from Montreal in 2005.

The announcement will be official after the World Series because baseball doesn't like to announce things during the October Classic. He has interviewed for several openings in recent years, including the Nationals job four years ago, but to date has not been selected.

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