Report: Nationals to hire Cubs coach Martinez as manager

The Washington Nationals appear to have found Dusty Baker’s replacement.

Washington has reportedly chosen Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez to be its next manager, sources told Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports on Sunday.

An official announcement likely won’t come until the completion of the World Series.

While the Nationals have apparently chosen Martinez, the sides have yet to reach agreement on a contract, reports Mark Zuckerman of MASN.

The 53-year-old Martinez spent the last nine seasons as Joe Maddon’s right-hand man in the dugout, first with the Tampa Bay Rays from 2008-14 and then with the Cubs for the past three seasons. Martinez has interviewed for various managerial positions over the last several seasons with no luck, despite Maddon publicly endorsing his longtime confidant.

“I’d love to see him in the group (of managerial candidates),” Maddon said Oct. 7. “He belongs in the group. I know all these people being considered, and I promise you our guy matches up with every one of them.

“It’s baffling to me a bit why (Martinez isn’t considered) more often.”

Former Boston Red Sox skipper John Farrell also reportedly interviewed for the Nationals’ manager job.

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