Davey Martinez: Washington Nationals hire former Chicago Cubs bench coach as manager

When Maddon became the manager of the Cubs before the 2015 season, Martinez followed him to Chicago. The Nationals also interviewed former Boston Red Sox Manager John Farrell on Friday, though briefly, and while Washington was also granted permission to speak with New York Mets hitting coach Kevin Long, it remains unclear whether they did so or not.

After falling in five games to the Cubs in the NL Division Series, Washington opted to fire Dusty Baker after two seasons and 192 victories. Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo was the scouting director for Arizona at the time.

Martinez had a 16-year run in the Major League Baseball playing for the Cubs, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, and Atlanta Braves from 1986 to 2001. 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 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.

He has been interviewed by multiple organizations for their managerial positions since 2010, including when he was considered a finalist to replace Davey Johnson with the Nationals in 2013. He has always been a rumored candidate for a step up to a managerial spot, and Washington will provide that opportunity. A formal announcement isn't likely to come until Monday at the earliest, possibly not until after the World Series ends.

The agreement with Martinez was first reported Sunday by The Washington Post.

  • Rosalie Stanley