Nationals Hire Cubs Bench Coach Dave Martinez To Replace Dusty Baker

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A search obviously starred immediately, and Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports has reported Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez is the choice to be the Nationals next manager. An official announcement is not expected to come until after the World Series, which is typical for such things.

Martinez, 53, has served as Joe Maddon's bench since their days with Tampa Bay, when the duo also formed a manager-bench coach duo for the Rays.

The Nationals also interviewed former Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell.

Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo was the scouting director for Arizona at the time.

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. The team is finalizing a three-year contract with an option for a fourth, according to a person familiar with the situation.

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Martinez has been a candidate for several managerial openings in recent years.

After the 2015 season, Williams was replaced by Dusty Baker, who won 192 games in two seasons and led the club to two straight National League East pennants.

As the rookie manager takes over in Washington, his three-year deal reflects a commitment new to the Nationals. He also coached for the Rays from 2008-2014 after playing in Major League Baseball from 1986 to 2001. The Nationals, met with Martinez last Thursday, having dinner with the owners of the team.

On Monday, the Nationals officially named Baker's replacement. This is new for the Nats; since relocating to D.C., the team has only signed managers for two years at a time. While the team made it to the postseason both years with Baker as manager, it never moved beyond the first round of the playoffs. This one likely won't wait that long, though a news conference might.