Nationals set to make Dave Martinez next manager

Dave Martinez

The Washington Nationals agreed to a deal with Chicago Cubs bench coach Davey Martinez to become their next manager, according to multiple reports Sunday.

Martinez, 53, has served as Joe Maddon's bench coach since 2008, with the Tampa Bay Rays and then the Cubs. Mets hitting coach Kevin Long and former Red Sox manager John Farrell also interviewed for the Washington job.

Martinez played for nine major-league franchises over 16 years, including two seasons with the Giants (1993-94) and four with the Montreal Expos, the team that moved to Washington in 2005 and became the Nationals. But for an organization with a well-earned reputation for cheaping out on managerial decisions, replacing one of the most experienced acting managers in baseball with a newbie for the second time in five years-and hiring a guy they passed on in order to make their worst hire in a decade-isn't a real great look. Martinez was mainly an outfielder.

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In a conference call earlier in October, Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo called Baker "a Hall of Fame-type manager", but said that the expectations of the team had grown along with their success.

The ballclub is expected to tap Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez to take the reigns after parting ways with Dusty Baker. The two were together with the Cubs for the past three seasons, including that team's 2016 World Series championship. Following the 2014 season, he interviewed to be Washington's skipper, but the job ultimately went to first-time manager Matt Williams. Wade Boggs, a friend and former teammate of Martinez with the Rays, tweeted his congratulations.

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