Talks between Nationals, Martinez are ongoing


Davey Martinez’s status remains the same: in limbo, for now.

Martinez is in the final guaranteed year of his contract as manager of the Nationals. The organization holds an option year for 2021. However, Mike Rizzo has publicly said he would prefer to work out a new multi-year deal with Martinez.

“We’ve been in conversations with his representation and I feel optimistic that we will get something done,” Rizzo said Sunday. “It’s something I want to happen. I think Davey wants the same end result. So, we’re in conversations right now. We’re not going to talk about negotiations, where we’re at. But we’re talking and that’s a good thing.”

Martinez has repeatedly said he wants to remain the manager in the long-term. His time in Washington has waded through an 82-80 injury-filled first season, a historic rally to win the World Series in his second season, and the strangeness of baseball in the middle of a pandemic in his third season. Injuries and under-performance derailed the team in 2020. They entered play Sunday 17-27 with two weeks remaining in the season.

A new contract will almost assure Martinez of becoming the longest-tenured manager in Nationals history. Most managers work two years for the organization before moving on, often not by choice.

Rizzo signed a three-year extension on Sept. 5. He said the process was swift once talks between his side and the organization began. The process with Martinez started right after Rizzo signed. Rizzo called signing Martinez the team’s top priority. They are creeping toward getting it done.