Dave Martinez Reportedly Named Nationals Manager, Agrees to 3-Year Contract

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

Martinez replaces Dusty Baker as Washington's manager. The last rookie manager to lead a team to a World Series title was Bob Brenly with the Diamondbacks in 2001. He worked for the Rays as an instructor for a couple years before coming on as the team's bench coach after the 2007 season, working under Joe Maddon. The Cubs advanced to the NLCS in Martinez's other two seasons with Maddon in Chicago. The Rays won the American League pennant in 2008, and he was a part of the Cubs' curse-smashing World Series victory a year ago.

An apprenticeship under Joe Maddon is a legitimate strength on a managerial resumé, and there's no particular reason this won't work.

In giving the Martinez, 53, a three-year contract, Nationals ownership broke with longstanding (and controversial) form. He is fluent in Spanish, well-versed in advanced analytics and multiple Nationals players have spoken highly of him. Washington hired Williams instead. He has always been a rumored candidate for a step up to a managerial spot, and Washington will provide that opportunity. 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.

As the rookie manager takes over in Washington, his three-year deal reflects a commitment new to the Nationals. This one likely won't wait that long, though a press conference might. 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.

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