Nationals, Dave Martinez agree to managerial deal

Dave Martinez

The Nationals received permission to discuss the job with Martinez on Monday and he interviewed in Washington on Thursday, according to the Post.

Martinez's departure continues an overhaul of the Cubs coaching staff. Pitching coach Chris Bosio, hitting coach John Mallee and third-base coach Gary Jones have been fired.

Martinez becomes the seventh full-time manager for the Nats since they moved from Montreal before the 2005 season. Things fell apart shortly thereafter. Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo was the scouting director for Arizona at the time. Before that, Martinez worked for Maddon with the Tampa Bay Rays.

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

Martinez had a 16-year career as a player from 1986-2001 for the Expos, Cubs, Rays, White Sox, Giants, Braves, Rangers, Reds and Blue Jays as an outfielder and first baseman.

With Martinez's departure, Maddon's staff will be nearly completely different for next season. So three years plus an option for a fourth year with Martinez feels like a significant shift in philosophy, when more established managers Davey Johnson and Baker were not afforded that kind of investment. The Nationals selected Bud Black to replace him but negotiations crumbled and Baker was given the job. Baker led the Nationals to two NL East titles but failed to win a playoff series. He was told he wasn't returning a week into the offseason.

In giving the Martinez, 53, a three-year contract, Nationals ownership broke with longstanding (and controversial) form. He has always been a rumored candidate for a step up to a managerial spot, and Washington will provide that opportunity. This one likely won't wait that long, though a press conference might.

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