The Washington Nationals have agreed to a take care of former Cubs bench coach Davey Martinez to change into their subsequent supervisor, and are finalizing the main points of what’s going to be a three-year take care of an possibility for a fourth, in line with an individual conversant in the state of affairs. Martinez has served as Joe Maddon’s bench coach in Chicago and Tampa Bay for a decade, however has by no means managed earlier than.
Martinez was thought of the frontrunner to exchange Dusty Baker since they parted methods with the veteran final week. The Nationals obtained permission to debate the job with him on Monday and he interviewed in Washington on Thursday, a prolonged course of that included dinner with possession. The Nationals additionally interviewed former Boston Crimson Sox Supervisor John Farrell on Friday, although briefly, and whereas Washington was additionally granted permission to talk with New York Mets hitting coach Kevin Lengthy, it stays unclear whether or not they did so or not. The Nationals additionally reached out to Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora, who was already closing in on a deal to change into the subsequent supervisor of the Boston Crimson Sox on the time.
The 53-year-old Martinez doesn’t have any managerial expertise, and due to this fact represents a stark departure from Baker, who was the winningest energetic supervisor when his Nationals’ tenure ended. Martinez would be the Nationals’ second rookie supervisor in 5 seasons, as Matt Williams received the Nationwide League Supervisor of the Yr Award and took the Nationals to the playoffs in 2014. Issues fell aside shortly thereafter. The final rookie supervisor to steer a staff to a World Sequence title was Bob Brenly with the Diamondbacks in 2001. Nationals Basic Supervisor Mike Rizzo was the scouting director for Arizona on the time.
Martinez skilled a decade-long training beneath Maddon, who is taken into account a forward-thinking kind with a willingness to buck baseball custom when wanted. Precisely how a lot of Maddon has rubbed off on Martinez stays to be seen, however the Nationals’ new supervisor does have a historical past of playoff success. The Rays received the American League pennant in 2008, and he was part of the Cubs’ curse-smashing World Sequence victory a 12 months in the past. The Cubs superior to the NLCS in Martinez’s different two seasons with Maddon in Chicago.
Martinez offers the Nationals a unique look — a more energizing face than Baker or Davey Johnson, however a extra relaxed chief than Williams. He’s fluent in Spanish, well-versed in superior badytics and a number of Nationals gamers have spoken extremely of him.
He has been interviewed by a number of organizations for his or her managerial positions since 2010, together with when he was thought of a finalist to exchange Davey Johnson with the Nationals in 2013. Washington employed Williams as an alternative. Two years later, Williams was fired following a debacle in 2015. The Nationals chosen Bud Black to exchange him however negotiations crumbled and Baker was given the job. Baker was let go after posting 95-win and 97-win seasons, each of which concluded with Recreation 5 losses within the Nationwide League Division Sequence. He was informed he wasn’t returning every week into the offseason.
However the Nationals didn’t wrestle to barter with their supervisor this time, committing three years (and maybe a fourth) to Martinez in a marked departure from their regular dealing with of managers. The Lerner Household earned a fame for placing little worth on managers, a fame born out of their unwillingness to supply extensions to veterans like Baker (or, famously, Jim Riggleman), and of their preliminary gives to candidates over time. However whereas the cash behind Martinez’s deal just isn’t instantly clear, the size of the deal alerts recognition of the state of the managerial market (Cora and Ron Gardenhire acquired three years every to handle the Crimson Sox and Tigers, respectively).
Official phrase of a deal possible received’t come till Monday morning, as Main League Baseball prefers its groups to carry off on main bulletins till after the World Sequence. This one possible received’t wait that lengthy, although a press convention may. The Astros and Dodgers — each of whom have younger managers just like Martinez — play Recreation 5 of the World Sequence Sunday earlier than an off-day Monday.