Nationals name Dave Martinez as manager

Nationals to hire Dave Martinez as new manager according to cryptic Wade Boggs tweet

Martinez agreed to a three-year contract plus an option with the Nationals, a person with knowledge of the deal said Sunday, for a job that will make him a manager in the majors for the first time.

The Chicago Cubs have another vacancy to fill, as one of Joe Maddon's top lieutenants has accepted another job.

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

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The 53-year-old Martinez doesn't have any managerial experience, and therefore represents a stark departure from Baker, who was the winningest active manager when his Nationals' tenure ended. Ex-Red Sox manager John Farrell also interviewed. Martinez will be the Nationals' second rookie manager in five seasons, as Matt Williams won the National League Manager of the Year Award and took the Nationals to the playoffs in 2014. That's not a small thing, after the move to hire Bud Black fell apart during negotiations a couple years ago and led to Baker's hiring. He had been given only a two-year contract and was dismissed after leading the Nationals to two NL East titles: with 95 wins in 2016 and 97 wins in 2017.

Martinez has served as bench coach for Joe Maddon since 2008, with the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cubs. It is believed the announcement is only being delayed out of deference to the Series, and MLB's wish that teams avoid major announcements during baseball's showcase.

The two sides hadn't negotiated a finalized contract as of Saturday night, but a source confirmed the finalized deal (which was first reported by The Washington Post) this morning.

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