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Cubs coach will be next Nationals manager

Cubs coach will be next Nationals manager

Multiple media outlets are reporting the Washington Nationals have chosen a new manager.

Martinez has agreed to a three-year deal with an option, the source told ESPN, confirming a report by The Washington Post.

Martinez has served as bench coach for Joe Maddon since 2008, with the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cubs.

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The ballclub is expected to tap Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez to take the reigns after parting ways with Dusty Baker. A year later, the Cubs won the 2016 World Series title for the team's first championship in 108 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. The Nationals also reached out to Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora, who was already closing in on a deal to become the next manager of the Boston Red Sox at the time.

The announcement will be official after the World Series because baseball doesn't like to announce things during the October Classic. The Nationals selected Bud Black to replace him but negotiations crumbled and Baker was given the job. Exactly how much of Maddon has rubbed off on Martinez remains to be seen, but the Nationals' new manager does have a history of playoff success. 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.

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


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