Heyman | Dave Martinez is choice for Nationals manager

Meaning it won't be easy for the Cubs to pull Ross back in after Sunday's news that Dave Martinez will be the next Washington Nationals manager.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports was first to report that the Nats had picked Martinez to replace Dusty Baker and now they've come to terms on a contract.

The 53-year-old Martinez doesn't have any managerial experience, and therefore represents a stark departure from Baker, who was the winningest active manager when his Nationals' tenure ended. The Nationals also reached out to Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora, who was already closing in on a deal to become the next manager of the Boston Red Sox at the time. Before that, Martinez worked for Maddon with the Rays. That's not a small thing, after the move to hire Bud Black fell apart during negotiations a couple years ago and led to Baker's hiring.

According to reports, Martinez's deal will be for three years, with a club option for a fourth year, and will be announced following the conclusion of the World Series.

The Nationals interviewed Martinez and Farrell (who won the 2013 World Series with the Red Sox) and received permission to interview Long. He has been working as the bench coach for skipper Joe Maddon with the Chicago Cubs and, before that, the Tampa Bay Rays. Exactly how much of Maddon has rubbed off on Martinez remains to be seen, but the Nationals' new manager does have a history of playoff success.

Martinez joins new Mets manager Mickey Callaway as new skippers in the NL East. It is believed the announcement is only being delayed out of deference to the Series, and MLB's wish that teams avoid major announcements during baseball's showcase.

  • Steve Townsend