Nationals Hire Dave Martinez As New Manager

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The Washington Nationals have agreed to a deal with former Cubs bench coach Davey Martinez to become their next manager, and are finalizing the details of what will be a three-year deal with an option for a fourth, according to a person familiar with the situation. A formal announcement isn't likely to come until Monday at the earliest, possibly not until after the World Series ends.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters Thursday it's time for Martinez to get his own team.

The 53-year-old Martinez was considered the front-runner to replace Dusty Baker, who was sacked last week after two seasons. When Maddon became the manager of the Cubs before the 2015 season, Martinez followed him to Chicago.

Along the way, Martinez interviewed for a few manager openings, including to replace Davey Johnson in Washington, a job that eventually went to the hilariously miscast Matt Williams.

David Ross didn't exactly ride off into the sunset once Cubs teammates Anthony Rizzo and Jason Heyward picked him up onto their shoulders and carried him off the field after last year's World Series Game 7 in Cleveland.

The Nationals record of postseason underachievement has been mostly about the players, due in equal parts to health and general struggles on the biggest stage.

The Nationals then offered the job to Dusty Baker.

The Washington Post noted that Martinez had a full-day interview while Farrell's confab with the team was much briefer. 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.

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