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Have the Nationals already hired Dave Martinez as their new manager?

According to Heyman, the Nationals also interviewed Mets hitting coach Kevin Long and former Red Sox manager John Farrell, with the latter reportedly being unable to handle pitcher David Price in the Boston clubhouse. In 2014 he followed Maddon to the Cubs, where he's served again as bench coach. The Cubs advanced to the NLCS in Martinez's other two seasons with Maddon in Chicago.

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.

In giving the Martinez, 53, a three-year contract, Nationals ownership broke with longstanding (and controversial) form. Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo was the scouting director for Arizona at the time.

Major League Baseball rules prohibit a team from making any official announcement until after the World Series.

An apprenticeship under Joe Maddon is a legitimate strength on a managerial resumé, and there's no particular reason this won't work. 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. The Nationals selected Bud Black to replace him but negotiations crumbled and Baker was given the job.

That inability to advance despite making it into the postseason four times in the last six seasons sealed Baker's fate. The Astros and Dodgers - both of whom have young managers similar to Martinez - play Game 5 of the World Series Sunday before an off-day Monday.