Nationals name Dave Martinez as manager

Nationals to hire Dave Martinez as new manager according to cryptic Wade Boggs tweet

Ex-Red Sox manager John Farrell also interviewed.

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 53-year-old Martinez also played 16 major-league seasons, including almost four years with the Expos. This is his first time as a manager.

In giving the Martinez, 53, a three-year contract, Nationals ownership broke with longstanding (and controversial) form. Joe Maddon brought him with him to the Cubs as his bench coach prior to the 2015 season.

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The Washington Nationals will hire Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez as its next manager, reports FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman.

He will replace Dusty Baker who won back-to-back NL East titles and has averaged 96 wins over the past two years.

"As we went through this process it became clear the type of manager we were looking for - someone who is progressive, someone who can connect with and communicate well with our players, and someone who embraces the analytical side of the game", said Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo. 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. 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 Red Sox. Martinez was a coach on the Rays' staff that went to the 2008 World Series, as well as the Cubs' 2016 World Championship team. Since the Lerner family purchsed the club in 2006, no manager had been guaranteed more than two years, not even established and successful skippers like Baker and Davey Johnson. This one likely won't wait that long, though a news conference might.

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