Nationals hire Dave Martinez as manager

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The Nationals hired Dave Martinez as manager. When Maddon became the Cubs' skipper before the 2015 season, Martinez followed him there, where together the pair helped lead the Cubs to the 2016 World Series title, the team's first championship in 108 years.

The 53-year-old Martinez agreed to terms on a three-year contract with an option for a fourth year, making him the seventh manager in Nationals history since they moved from Montreal before the 2005 season.

Martinez had a 16-year career as a player from 1986-2001 for the Expos, Cubs, Rays, White Sox, Giants, Braves, Rangers, Reds and Blue Jays as an outfielder and first baseman.

Martinez will take over for Dusty Baker whose contract was not renewed after the conclusion of the 2017 season.

"I am excited to bring Dave into our family", Nationals President of Baseball Operations Mike Rizzo said.

New York Mets hitting coach Kevin Long and former Boston Red Sox skipper John Farrell were also candidates for the Nationals' job.

Martinez will work with the team to build a new coaching staff, per the team. He has interviewed for several openings in recent years, including the Nationals job four years ago, but to date has not been selected. He also coached for the Rays from 2008-2014 after playing in Major League Baseball from 1986 to 2001. Baker was let go despite posting seasons of 95 and 97 wins but failing to advance past the NL Division Series. 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. But while the financial terms of Martinez's deal are not known, the length of the deal signals recognition of the state of the managerial market (Cora and Ron Gardenhire, named new manager of the Tigers earlier this month, each got three-year deals). This is new for the Nats; since relocating to D.C., the team has only signed managers for two years at a time.

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