According to several sports news sites, including ESPN, bench coach Dave Martinez of the Chicago Cubs will be leaving the team to become manager for the Washington Nationals.
Martinez has agreed to a three-year deal with the Nationals with the potential for a fourth year down the road. He will be the team’s seventh full-time manager since 2005 when the team moved from Montreal to Washington.
A former outfielder, Martinez played for 16 years in the Majors with nine different teams. He is in the top 20 in franchise history with triples, stolen bases, and his stolen-base percentage.
Before his time with the Chicago Cubs, Martinez was on the staff with the Tampa Bay Rays from 2008 to 2014. This isn’t the first time that Martinez has been considered for a manager position with the Nationals. He beat out New York Mets hitting coach Kevin Long and former Boston Red Sox John Farrell for the position.