Nationals to hire Cubs bench coach Davey Martinez as next manager

Arnold Nichols
October 30, 2017

Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez has been chosen as the next manager of the Washington Nationals over John Farrell according to multiple reports on Sunday.

The 53-year-old Martinez, who played in the majors from 1986 to 2001, joined the Cubs' staff after the 2014 season.

Martinez replaces Dusty Baker as Washington's manager. As a first-time manager, Martinez is also about as opposite of Baker as it gets. Before that, Martinez worked for Maddon with the Rays.

No manager has been guaranteed more than two years under current Nationals ownership (since 2006). But after some early reports a deal was not yet done, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post was first to report a three-year deal for Martinez. Martinez has served as Joe Maddon's bench coach in Chicago and Tampa Bay for a decade, but has never managed before.

Martinez gives the Nationals a different look - a fresher face than Baker or Davey Johnson, but a more relaxed leader than Williams. He had been given only a two-year contract and was dismissed after leading the Nationals to two NL East titles: with 95 wins in 2016 and 97 wins in 2017. He has interviewed for several openings in recent years, including the Nationals job four years ago, but to date has not been selected. After getting so little time off this year, Ross is said to be waiting until after the World Series is over before even considering anything else for next season.

Official word of a deal likely won't come until Monday morning, as Major League Baseball prefers its teams to hold off on major announcements until after the World Series.

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