FOX 5 DC’s Brody Logan reported last night that sources told him Dave Martinez would be the Washington Nationals’ next manager with an announcement to come after the conclusion of the 113th World Series.
That report followed a tweet from Wade Boggs over the weekend, in which the Hall of Fame hitter appeared to be a congratulating the Chicago Cubs’ bench coach and his former teammate in Tampa Bay for getting the gig in the nation’s capital.
Now FanRag’s Jon Heyman is reporting that his sources are telling him that Martinez, “... is the Washington Nationals choice to be their next manager.”:
“Martinez will be announced as Washington’s new manager after the World Series. 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.”
We can now add Washington Post writer Chelsea Janes to the growing list of reporters who have confirmed that Martinez is the choice to succeed Dusty Baker as the Nats’ seventh full-time manager, though she added that the decision is made, “... as long as negotiations are successful.”
Dave Martinez is the Nationals' choice to be manager, as long as negotiations are successful, according to a person familiar.— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) October 29, 2017
Martinez has never managed at any level, but the 53-year-old has served as the bench coach for Cubs’ skipper Joe Maddon in Tampa Bay and Chicago after a 16-year career in the majors.
According to a subsequent report by the WaPost’s Janes, the Nationals have finalized a three-year deal with Martinez:
BREAKING: Nationals have finalized deal with Davey Martinez. Three years and an option, according to a person familiar with the situation.— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) October 29, 2017
The deal is agreed to, and just working out details now. Three years is a big commitment from the Nationals. Got their guy. https://t.co/HuSPoWmWRw— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) October 29, 2017
Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo, in announcing that Dusty Baker wouldn’t be back on the bench in D.C., told reporters earlier this month that after the 2017 campaign ended with a loss in the NLDS, the Nationals’ fourth in six seasons, they made the decision to move on and find a new manager.
“After Game 5 we assessed where we’re at and where we’re going with our organization and our franchise, and we thought after Game 5 that this was the right decision to make and we’ll begin the process immediately,” Rizzo said.
A little over a week later, the Rizzo and Co. in the Nationals’ front office apparently made a quick decision on a new skipper.