Nationals hire Martinez as manager: reports

(The Sports Xchange) - The Washington Nationals agreed to a deal with Chicago Cubs bench coach Davey Martinez to become their next manager, according to multiple reports on Sunday.

The two sides are finalizing what will be a three-year deal with an option for a fourth, a person familiar with the situation told the Washington Post.

Martinez has served as Joe Maddon's bench coach in Chicago and Tampa Bay (2008-14) for a decade but has never been a manager. When Maddon became the manager of the Cubs before the 2015 season, Martinez followed him to Chicago. A year later, the Cubs won the 2016 World Series title for the team's first championship in 108 years.

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The 53-year-old Martinez was considered the front-runner to replace Dusty Baker, who was fired last week after two seasons.

Martinez, a former outfielder who played for nine different teams during his 16 years in the majors, will become the seventh full-time manager for the Nationals since they moved from Montreal before the 2005 season.

The Nationals received permission to discuss the job with Martinez on Monday and he interviewed in Washington on Thursday, according to the Post.

The Nationals also interviewed former Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell on Friday.

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Oct 12, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (47) delivers a pitch in the first inning of game five of the 2017 NLDS playoff baseball series against the Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 12, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker (12) meets at the mound with starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (47) during the first inning during game five of the 2017 NLDS playoff baseball series against the Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 12, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras (40) tags out Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner (7) in the first inning during game five of the 2017 NLDS playoff baseball series at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 12, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy (20) rounds first base after hitting a solo home run in the second inning during game five of the 2017 NLDS playoff baseball series against the Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 12, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks (28) reacts after Washington Nationals center fielder Michael Taylor (3) hits a 3-RBI home run in the second inning during game five of the 2017 NLDS playoff baseball series at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 12, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras (40) celebrates after scoring in the third inning during game five of the 2017 NLDS playoff baseball series against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 12, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Chicago Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist (18) scores in the fifth inning during game five of the 2017 NLDS playoff baseball series against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 12, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Max Scherzer (31) pitches in the fifth inning during game five of the 2017 NLDS playoff baseball series against the Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 12, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Chicago Cubs left fielder Jon Jay (30) slides into Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy (20) in the seventh inning during game five of the 2017 NLDS playoff baseball series at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 12, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) hits a SAC fly in the seventh inning against the Chicago Cubs during game five of the 2017 NLDS playoff baseball series at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 12, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell (27) scores in the fifth inning during game five of the 2017 NLDS playoff baseball series against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 13: Willson Contreras #40 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates next to Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals after Harper struck out to end Game 5 of the National League Divisional Series at Nationals Park on October 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Cubs won the game 9-8 and will advance to the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Oct 12, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; The Chicago Cubs celebrate after defeating the Washington Nationals in game five of the 2017 NLDS playoff baseball series at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
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