Davey Martinez is Nationals' pick for manager

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According to multiple reports, bench coach Dave Martinez will be the Washington Nationals' new manager.

The Chicago Cubs have another vacancy to fill, as one of Joe Maddon's top lieutenants has accepted another job.

Martinez would replace Dusty Baker, whose two-year tenure in D.C. ended earlier this month when the Nationals declined to renew his contract.

The 53-year-old Martinez was considered the front-runner to replace Dusty Baker, who was sacked last week after two seasons. Ex-Red Sox manager John Farrell also interviewed.

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Martinez experienced a decade-long education under Maddon, who is considered a forward-thinking type with a willingness to buck baseball tradition when needed. Martinez will be the Nationals' second rookie manager in five seasons, as Matt Williams won the National League Manager of the Year Award and took the Nationals to the playoffs in 2014. Since the Lerner family purchsed the club in 2006, no manager had been guaranteed more than two years, not even established and successful skippers like Baker and Davey Johnson.

In giving the Martinez, 53, a three-year contract, Nationals ownership broke with longstanding (and controversial) form. When Maddon became the Chicago Cubs' skipper before the 2015 season, Martinez followed him there, where together the pair helped lead the Cubs to the 2016 World Series title, the team's first championship in 108 years.

Martinez joins new Mets manager Mickey Callaway as new skippers in the NL East.

Jorge Castillo and Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reported Sunday the contract will have a fourth-year option.

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