Davey Martinez: Washington Nationals hire former Chicago Cubs bench coach as manager


According to multiple reports, bench coach Dave Martinez will be the Washington Nationals' new manager.

Ross is only 40 years old and can pretty much write his own job description, whether it's eventually taking the leap as a big-league manager, focusing on broadcasting or pursuing more crossover opportunities in the sports/entertainment worlds. But for an organization with a well-earned reputation for cheaping out on managerial decisions, replacing one of the most experienced acting managers in baseball with a newbie for the second time in five years-and hiring a guy they passed on in order to make their worst hire in a decade-isn't a real great look.

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In giving the Martinez, 53, a three-year contract, Nationals ownership broke with longstanding (and controversial) form. Martinez has been Joe Maddon's bench coach since 2008 with the Rays and the Cubs.

The Nationals interviewed Martinez and Farrell (who won the 2013 World Series with the Red Sox) and received permission to interview Long. Baker was let go after posting 95-win and 97-win seasons, both of which concluded with Game 5 losses in the National League Division Series. A formal announcement isn't likely to come until Monday at the earliest, possibly not until after the World Series ends. He has interviewed for several openings in recent years, including the Nationals job four years ago, but to date has not been selected. But while the money behind Martinez's deal is not immediately clear, the length of the deal signals recognition of the state of the managerial market (Cora and Ron Gardenhire got three years each to manage the Red Sox and Tigers, respectively).