Early Sunday morning, news broke that Chicago Cubs’ bench coach Dave Martinez would be joining the Nats as their seventh full-time manager.
Despite never managing before (other than in times in which Joe Maddon had been ejected), multiple outlets have reported that Martinez will be getting the longest guaranteed contract for a Nationals manager, good for three years and an option for the fourth year.
Obviously, coming off the coattails of Dusty Baker — who only got two years for below market value — this deal may have ruffled a few feathers. The value of the deal is unknown at the moment, but a three-year deal is inherently more likely to be more valuable than a two-year deal.
Twitter, needlessly to say, had plenty of takes, mainly surrounding the monetary value of the deal, which most people thought would be, uh, low.
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
Sources are saying it is for 25k per year plus up to 1k in incentives— Tim Kirwan (@gmuguy) October 29, 2017
Untested manager gets three years and DUSTY gets TWO?— Mina (@maddc8) October 29, 2017
YOURE NOT MY REAL MANAGER, DAVE— Mina (@maddc8) October 29, 2017
#Nats gave Dusty Baker two years but Dave Martinez gets three years pic.twitter.com/mvSTS9a6pB— LoveDoctor (@Hitch_Atl) October 29, 2017
Congrats to Davey Martinez. Please speak well of Chicago to Bryce Harper all of next season.— Nick Shepkowski (@Shep670) October 29, 2017
Provably cause the Nationals offered him $5 a game, unlimited popcorn & soda, and free unis as his contract. Good God they're cheap.— Joe Schrimsher (@jschrimsher2) October 29, 2017
Remember to wait at least three days after the Nats reportedly choose a new manager to make sure he still has the job.— James O'Hara (@nextyeardc) October 28, 2017
Davey? Or Dave.— Celeb_Baseball_Camp (@CelebBaseball) October 29, 2017
This is important, and I keep hearing Davey, but will keep you posted. https://t.co/7vActlxAaE— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) October 29, 2017
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