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

Posted October 30, 2017

The Associated Press reported that "a person with knowledge of the deal" told the AP that Martinez and the Nats agreed to a contract for three years plus an option.

The Chicago Cubs have another vacancy to fill, as one of Joe Maddon's top lieutenants has accepted another job.

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Dave Martinez will get a chance to try to do what no Washington manager has accomplished: win a postseason series with the club. 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. Exactly how much of Maddon has rubbed off on Martinez remains to be seen, but the Nationals' new manager does have a history of playoff success.

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. The Rays won the American League pennant in 2008, and he was a part of the Cubs' curse-smashing World Series victory a year ago. The Nationals selected Bud Black to replace him but negotiations crumbled and Baker was given the job.

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Martinez joins new Mets manager Mickey Callaway as new skippers in the NL East.

Despite having no prior managerial experience, Martinez becomes the first Nationals manager to be awarded a contract with more than two years guaranteed since the Lerner family took over ownership of the team in 2016. It is believed the announcement is only being delayed out of deference to the Series, and MLB's wish that teams avoid major announcements during baseball's showcase.

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