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Report: White Sox have Dave Martinez at top of managerial list

Tampa Bay Rays v Toronto Blue Jays

TORONTO, CANADA - AUGUST 27: Joe Maddon #70 of the Tampa Bay Rays and bench coach Dave Martinez #4 look on from the dugout during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on August 27, 2011 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

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Two sources told FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal that Rays bench coach Dave Martinez is the White Sox’s preferred choice to replace Ozzie Guillen in dugout.

It’s not a surprise, as Martinez’s name was one of the first to come up when Guillen’s departure was announced. A 16-year major leaguer, Martinez played with the White Sox from 1995-97.

Martinez could also be a candidate to replace Terry Francona in Boston, though it’s unclear if the Red Sox are as high on him as the White Sox are.

One of Rosenthal’s sources said that former Royals manager Tony Pena, currently the bench coach for the Yankees, is also on the White Sox’s list.

Martinez, 47, has spent the last three seasons as Tampa Bay’s bench coach. He hit .274/.341/.389 with 91 homers and 183 steals with 10 major league teams before retiring after the 2001 season.