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The Nationals will interview Cubs coach Dave Martinez for their managerial opening


Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports that the Washington Nationals will interview Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez for their managerial opening.

Martinez has been Joe Maddon’s bench coach, first in Tampa Bay and now in Chicago, for a decade. In that time he has interviewed for manager jobs with the Indians, Blue Jays and White Sox. His name has been mentioned in connection with any number of other job openings too, including that of the Nationals when it was open previously. This offseason he was discussed as a candidate for the Detroit Tigers before they hired Ron Gardenhire.

Washington might be a tough place to go given how they’ve cycled through managers over the past several years. From a baseball perspective, however, it would be a good job given the talent on that roster. For his part, Martinez is long overdue in my view. He should’ve been managing someplace years ago.

Report: Padres interested in Maikel Franco

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The Padres may have some interest in acquiring Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, according to a recent report from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. It seems unlikely that the team would deal their starting third baseman with J.P. Crawford (fractured left hand) sidelined through July; to that end, however, they signed infielder Danny Espinosa as minor league depth on Friday and have reportedly been eying the Rangers’ Adrian Beltre, among other veteran options.

Franco, 25, entered Sunday batting .255/.297/.425 with nine home runs and a .721 OPS in 229 plate appearances this season. While he has yet to live up to the .280+ average, 1.9+ fWAR he posted during his rookie campaign, he’s been a solid 20+ home run producer over the last few years and shown some stability at the hot corner. He’s also under team control for the next three years and could provide some much-needed insurance behind the Padres’ current third base option, 27-year-old Christian Villanueva.

Rosenthal notes that the Phillies could strike a deal for one of San Diego’s relievers, though no one specific has been connected to the team yet — and the club probably wouldn’t be able to finesse a one-for-one deal given the quality of the Padres’ pitchers. The Phillies’ bullpen has looked downright abysmal over the last month, placing 11th-worst in the league with a collective 5.34 ERA and 0.3 fWAR. Their failure to procure a viable reliever beyond Seranthony Dominguez, Victor Arano and Edubray Ramos lends a certain urgency to any potential deal they make over the next few weeks, though the official trade deadline is still over a month away.