Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals have finalized a three-year contract with Dave Martinez to become their new manager.
Davey Martinez will be announced as the new manager of the Washington Nationals after the World Series, a source told ESPN, confirming multiple reports. Martinez has been Maddon's bench coach since 2008. Get the app and get the game.
Martinez replaces Dusty Baker, who was let go when his two-year contract ended this season.
The 53-year-old also spent 16 years as an Major League Baseball player with the Cubs, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue Jays.
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In 2015, it was reported that the Nationals were set to offer to the managerial job to former Padres manager Bud Black after the World Series, but that deal fell apart when the two sides could not agree on a salary. He has interviewed for several openings in recent years, including the Nationals job four years ago, but to date has not been selected.
That inability to advance despite making it into the postseason four times in the last six seasons sealed Baker's fate.
As the rookie manager takes over in Washington, his three-year deal reflects a commitment new to the Nationals. In 2014 he followed Maddon to the Cubs, where he's served again as bench coach.
This would be the latest shakeup in a series on Maddon's coaching staff, following the dismissals of hitting coach John Mallee, pitching coach Chris Bosio and third-base coach Gary Jones.