Dave Martinez, Former Rays Coach Now To Manage The Nationals

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Jon Heyman first reported that Martinez, 53, will be announced as the new manager after the World Series. When Maddon became the Cubs' skipper before the 2015 season, Martinez followed him there, where together the pair helped lead the Cubs to the 2016 World Series title, the team's first championship in 108 years. He will receive a three-year contract with a club option for a fourth year.

The 53-year-old Martinez also played 16 major-league seasons, including almost four years with the Expos.

Martinez will take over for Dusty Baker whose contract was not renewed after the conclusion of the 2017 season.

Martinez had a 16-year run in the Major League Baseball playing for the Cubs, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, and Atlanta Braves from 1986 to 2001.

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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.

Martinez has been a candidate for several managerial openings in recent years. The Nationals also interviewed former Boston Red Sox Manager John Farrell on Friday and was also granted permission to speak with New York Mets hitting coach Kevin Long.

Martinez's departure from Chicago continues a trend that has seen the Cubs almost turn over the team's entire coaching staff since being ousted in the division championship by the Dodgers. The Astros and Dodgers - both of whom have young managers similar to Martinez - play Game 5 of the World Series Sunday before an off-day Monday. After Williams was sacked, the Nationals selected Bud Black to replace him but negotiations broke down and the job went to Baker instead.

No manager has been guaranteed more than two years under current Nationals ownership (since 2006).

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