The Washington Nationals fired manager Dusty Baker out of the blue on Friday, and now they are in the early stages of beginning their managerial search.
Their first interview will be with respected Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez, who has been a hot managerial candidate since 2010. Martinez was in the mix for the Nationals job back in 2013, before they decided to hire Matt Williams.
The Nationals have reached out to Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez for their managerial opening and he will interview, per source.— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) October 23, 2017
Martinez spent 16 seasons in the big leagues as a player, and has served as a bench coach for Joe Maddon since 2008 with the Tampa Bays Rays and then joined Maddon with the Cubs in 2015.
Nats to interview Dave Martinez for manager https://t.co/N4DBZ7QcN5— Rotoworld Baseball (@Rotoworld_BB) October 23, 2017
With the sudden firing of Baker, it's unclear if the Nationals are valuing managerial experience or someone with zero to little experience. However, their decision makes it clear they don't value the regular season and at this point are World Series-or-bust going into 2018.
If they want someone with experience, don't be shocked if John Farrell and Brad Ausmus enter the conversation. However, Martinez could be an interesting option.