Nationals agree to three-year deal to make Martinez their next manager

Oct 30, 2017, 01:58
Nationals agree to three-year deal to make Martinez their next manager

Martinez and the Nats have agreed to a three-year contract with an option for a fourth year, a source familiar with the deal confirmed. The Cubs advanced to the NLCS in Martinez's other two seasons with Maddon in Chicago.

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.

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The 53-year-old Martinez was considered the front-runner to replace Dusty Baker, who was sacked last week after two seasons.

Martinez emerged over the weekend as the Nationals' likely choice to replace Dusty Baker from a limited field of known candidates that included former Red Sox manager John Farrell and Mets hitting coach Kevin Long.

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

Martinez, 53, served as the bench coach under manager Joe Maddon for the past decade, starting with Tampa Bay from 2008 through 2014. 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.

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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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