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Nationals officially name Dave Martinez their new manager


The Nationals hired Dave Martinez as manager. He will receive a three-year contract with a club option for a fourth year. It was first reported yesterday that the move was likely.

Martinez, 53, spent nine seasons working as a spring training instructor, bench coach and defensive coordinator for the Rays. He has been lauded as a managerial candidate in recent years, but was passed over for openings on the Rays, Cubs, Astros, White Sox, Blue Jays, Indians and, during an earlier vacancy, the Nationals. Joe Maddon brought him with him to the Cubs as his bench coach prior to the 2015 season.

Martinez step into a good situation, as the Nats are a win-now team with gobs of talent. There will be a lot of pressure on him from the get-go, however, due to the high expectations which got Dusty Baker fired despite a 97-win season and due to the fact that Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy are both due to become free agents after 2018.

Braves claim Grant Dayton off waivers from Dodgers

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The Braves claimed lefty reliever Grant Dayton off waivers from the Dodgers, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Dayton, 29, underwent Tommy John surgery back in August and is almost certainly out for the entire 2018 season. The Braves, obviously, are making a longer-term play here by acquiring him, as he is under team control through 2022.

Over parts of two seasons in the majors, Dayton has a 3.42 career ERA with 59 strikeouts and 18 walks in 50 innings.