Dave Martinez has finally gotten his shot to be a manager, as he has reportedly agreed to a three-year contract with the Washington Nationals to replace Dusty Baker.
Martinez, 53, has been a bench coach since 2008, and has served under Joe Maddon with the Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago Cubs. Now, he’ll be the man in charge for the Nationals.
BREAKING: Nationals have finalized deal with Davey Martinez. Three years and an option, according to a person familiar with the situation.
— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) October 29, 2017
So, this means the Cubs will have yet another new coach in 2018.
Before the departure of Martinez, the Cubs hired three new coaches. First, Chris Bosio was relieved of his pitching coach duties for the Cubs and was replaced by Jim Hickey, former pitching coach of the Tampa Bay Rays. Hickey’s hiring has not been made official by the team yet, but is expected to come after the World Series ends. Second, assistant hitting coach Eric Hinkse went to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to become their new hitting coach. Then, hitting coach John Mallee was replaced by former Boston Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis. Andy Haines was promoted to be the new Cubs assistant hitting coach.
The Cubs will also have a new third base coach, as Gary Jones was replaced by Brian Butterfield.
And now with Martinez on his way to Washington, Maddon has a new void to fill. John Farrell could be an option. David Ross? Not sure he’s ready or wants the job. So, we’ll see who Maddon decides to be his right-hand man on the bench, as the Cubs revamped coaching staff will have some pressure after a rough end to the 2017 postseason.
Oh, and Wade Boggs was right!