Nationals hire Dave Martinez as new manager, report says

Nationals hire Dave Martinez as new manager, report says

Nationals hire Dave Martinez as new manager, report says

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

Major League Baseball rules prohibit a team from making any official announcement until after the World Series.

Martinez and the Nats have agreed to a three-year contract with an option for a fourth year, a source familiar with the deal confirmed.

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

In 2008, he became the bench coach for the Tampa Bay Rays.

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According to Heyman, the Nationals also interviewed Mets hitting coach Kevin Long and former Red Sox manager John Farrell, with the latter reportedly being unable to handle pitcher David Price in the Boston clubhouse. Joe Maddon brought him with him to the Cubs as his bench coach prior to the 2015 season.

"I am excited to bring Dave into our family", added GM Mike Rizzo.

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

Martinez's departure from Chicago continues a trend that has seen the Cubs almost turn over the team's entire coaching staff since being ousted in the division championship by the Dodgers. Baker was let go despite posting seasons of 95 and 97 wins but failing to advance past the NL Division Series.

No manager has been guaranteed more than two years under current Nationals ownership (since 2006). But while the financial terms of Martinez's deal are not known, the length of the deal signals recognition of the state of the managerial market (Cora and Ron Gardenhire, named new manager of the Tigers earlier this month, each got three-year deals). While the team made it to the postseason both years with Baker as manager, it never moved beyond the first round of the playoffs.

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