Nationals manager Davey Martinez enters an interesting situation as the 2020 season begins.
In his second year as manager, Martinez orchestrated an epic turnaround. His squad was 19-31 with just days left in the month of May. The Nationals went on to have the best record in baseball for the next three-plus months, finishing with 93 wins and a Wild Card berth. A month later, they hoisted the Commissioner's Trophy for the first time in franchise history.
Now, Martinez enters the 2020 season ready to defend the title -- and also without a new contract. The 55-year-old is in the final year of his contract, meaning there is no guarantee he manages the Nationals after this season.
Martinez was asked about his contract on Thursday during the first media availability of spring training, and he did not appear to be a tad bit worried about his future.
"I never worried about any of my contracts, as a coach," he said. "I just come out here and try to do my job the best I can."
Although there was a lack of concern from Martinez about his future, he did make his intentions clear.
"I've had an unbelievable experience in D.C.," he said. "Would I like to be here? Yeah. Definitely."
Martinez is not the only important Nationals staffer entering the final season of his current deal. General manager Mike Rizzo, who hired Martinez, also enters the 2020 season with just one more season guaranteed. Martinez has a club option for 2020; Rizzo does not.
Rizzo has been the main person in charge of putting together the Nationals' roster. Despite losing some of their best talent over the past couple of seasons, the Nationals have continued to put a team on the diamond capable of competing for a championship.
Martinez recognizes the incredible job the front office has done and hopes he can continue to be at the helm managing the team.
"I think this organization is definitely headed in the right direction," Martinez said. "I see us competing for many, many championships for years to come."
The manager has made his desires public. The Nationals understand what Martinez brings to the table, and he understands it's a business at the end of the day.
"I would love to stay here for more years than this year, but we'll see how that plays out," he said.
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