Nationals have three-year deal with Dave Martinez

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The Associated Press reported that "a person with knowledge of the deal" told the AP that Martinez and the Nats agreed to a contract for three years plus an option. The Cubs advanced to the NLCS in Martinez's other two seasons with Maddon in Chicago.

Maddon has always been a fan of Martinez and thinks he would do a great job as a manager.

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. A formal announcement isn't likely to come until Monday at the earliest, possibly not until after the World Series ends.

Baker was let go a little more than a week ago. 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.

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In the Nationals, Martinez will inherit a team with a stellar bullpen, MVP-caliber player Bryce Harper and a strong lineup, but it remains an organization unable to break through the NLDS. Martinez has been Joe Maddon's bench coach since 2008 with the Rays and the Cubs.

None of the coaches who served under Baker were retained by the team, and no new coaching hires have been announced yet.

The Nationals then offered the job to Dusty Baker. The Red Sox and Mets each hired first-time managers and gave each of them three guaranteed years, establishing a baseline for negotiations with Martinez. He spent parts of 16 seasons in the majors playing outfield for the Cubs, Expos, Reds, Giants, White Sox, Devil Rays, Rangers, Blue Jays and Braves.

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