Nationals officially name Dave Martinez their new manager

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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.

Gallegos agrees to $11M, 2-year contract with Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed Monday to an $11 million, two-year contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.

“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said Monday before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”

He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.

Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.

His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.

He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.

Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.

He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.