As Joe Maddon's bench coach for the last decade with both the Rays and the Cubs, Martinez has always been regarded a future manager around the sport. A formal announcement isn't likely to come until Monday at the earliest, possibly not until after the World Series ends. He has been working as the bench coach for skipper Joe Maddon with the Chicago Cubs and, before that, the Tampa Bay Rays. Mets hitting coach Kevin Long and former Red Sox manager John Farrell also interviewed for the Washington job.
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. The Cubs advanced to the NLCS in Martinez's other two seasons with Maddon in Chicago. But while the money behind Martinez's deal is not immediately clear, the length of the deal signals recognition of the state of the managerial market (Cora and Ron Gardenhire got three years each to manage the Red Sox and Tigers, respectively).
The Nationals go through managers quickly, as Martinez will be the franchise's seventh manager since arriving in Washington in 2005.
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No manager has been guaranteed more than two years under current Nationals ownership (since 2006). 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.
The Nationals record of postseason underachievement has been mostly about the players, due in equal parts to health and general struggles on the biggest stage.
Martinez has been a candidate for several managerial openings in recent years.
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