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Dave Martinez Reportedly Named Nationals Manager, Agrees to 3-Year Contract

Dave Martinez Reportedly Named Nationals Manager, Agrees to 3-Year Contract”

The Washington Nationals have agreed to a deal with former Cubs bench coach Davey Martinez to become their next manager, and are finalizing the details of what will be a three-year deal with an option for a fourth, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez has scored his first gig as a major-league manager.

The 53-year-old Martinez was considered the front-runner to replace Dusty Baker, who was sacked last week after two seasons.

New York Mets hitting coach Kevin Long and former Boston Red Sox skipper John Farrell were also candidates for the Nationals' job. A formal announcement isn't likely to come until Monday at the earliest, possibly not until after the World Series ends. But for an organization with a well-earned reputation for cheaping out on managerial decisions, replacing one of the most experienced acting managers in baseball with a newbie for the second time in five years-and hiring a guy they passed on in order to make their worst hire in a decade-isn't a real great look.

Baker was let go a little more than a week ago.

The agreement with Martinez was first reported Sunday by The Washington Post. Martinez was mainly an outfielder. He began his coaching career in 2008 with the Rays, then followed manager Joe Maddon from Tampa to the Cubs in 2015, where he and Maddon won a World Series together last season.

That inability to advance despite making it into the postseason four times in the last six seasons sealed Baker's fate. He spent parts of 16 seasons in the majors playing outfield for the Cubs, Expos, Reds, Giants, White Sox, Devil Rays, Rangers, Blue Jays and Braves.



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