NATS EXTEND DAVEY MARTINEZ — WHAT TOOK THEM SO LONG?

By Lewis Gould

The Nationals have a deal in place to extend manager Dave Martinez’s contract.

What took them so long?

Martinez is reaching the end of a three-year contract he signed with the Nationals in Oct. 2017 to take over for former skipper Dusty Baker.

The Nationals held a club option to retain Martinez for 2021, but general manager Mike Rizzo expressed a desire to give Martinez a new contract, as a reward for leading Washington to a World Series title in 2019.

“I think he’s earned a longer term deal and my goal from the beginning was to do more than just pick up his option for next year,” Rizzo recently told 106.7 The Fan.

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