Martinez and the Nats have agreed to a three-year contract with an option for a fourth year, a source familiar with the deal confirmed.
Dave Martinez will get a chance to try to do what no Washington manager has accomplished: win a postseason series with the club.
The 53-year-old Martinez was considered the front-runner to replace Dusty Baker, who was sacked last week after two seasons. Wade Boggs, a friend and former teammate of Martinez with the Rays, tweeted his congratulations.
In giving the Martinez, 53, a three-year contract, Nationals ownership broke with longstanding (and controversial) form.
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. But for an organization with a well-earned reputation for cheaping out on managerial decisions, replacing one of the most experienced acting managers in baseball with a newbie for the second time in five years-and hiring a guy they passed on in order to make their worst hire in a decade-isn't a real great look.
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Martinez had a 16-year career as a player from 1986-2001 for the Expos, Cubs, Rays, White Sox, Giants, Braves, Rangers, Reds and Blue Jays as an outfielder and first baseman.
The Washington Post noted that Martinez had a full-day interview while Farrell's confab with the team was much briefer.
Baker was let go a little more than a week ago. 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 will be announced as Washington's new manager after the World Series.
The Nationals then offered the job to Dusty Baker.