Davey Martinez finally received a multi-year contract extension this summer, but weeks before that, general manager and president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo and the Nationals’ ownership group announced that he would be reappointed in Washington three years after his reappointment. has agreed to a further multi-year contract extension in order to maintain the trust of the team’s brains. Club launch/build has begun in time for the 2021 trade deadline.
“I got the extension and I’m happy to be back,” Martinez said in the pre-game press conference before the away game on August 21. new york yankees At Yankee Stadium, he said, “…and the thought of being back here for a few more years is a blessing to me and my family. I want to thank the Lerner family for everything they’ve done for me and my family. [Rizzo], the group upstairs, and these guys that play hard every day. It was a lot of fun. I have enjoyed every part of being here. As you all know, I love his DC fans, so like I said, I’m really happy to have him back. Also, being able to do what I love is a blessing to me and my family. And actually, if you look at how the players are playing, they’re doing much better now. And I truly believe that our future is bright here. So I’m excited about it. ”
Rizzo told D.C.’s Sports Junkies 106.7 Fan that it was by design for Martinez to complete the extension first.
“I’ll tell you this, I’m Davey’s boss,” the GM told Junkies. “My job is to take care of Davey and take care of the players in the clubhouse, and I’ve done my job. For me, it’s about getting ownership approved on this multi-year deal. That was a success because it was important to me that Davey was established as a player in that clubhouse to see this rebuild complete.”
“And well done, Mike, I appreciate it,” Lizzo added, complimenting herself.
“Davie was great. He won it and rightfully so, there’s no other guy who could see this through. The guy went from world series From champions to rebuilders, hopefully we can turn things around again as World Series champions. ”
CJ Abrams said after the night’s win that he and his teammates were excited about the acquisition of Martinez and are excited to bring future stability to the club as it looks to build another championship-level team. He said he was doing it.
“We have a lot going for us,” the shortstop said.
“[We’re a] A young team, we stick together…and we’ve got another Davey. [few] We’re going to make things happen because it’s going to take years. ”
Martinez led the Nationals to a World Series victory in his second year on the job in 2019, making them the first D.C.-based team to win the World Series since 1924, but they have suffered a number of losses in recent years. , led the Nationals to victory in his sixth year. The captain admitted it wasn’t an easy process, but he said getting approval from the capital’s ownership group meant a lot to him.
“It always feels good when you’re working hard to get better, but to continue to give us that opportunity, especially with such a young group, means a lot to me,” Martinez said. explained. “And like I said, we’re heading in the right direction and they’re playing really well right now. And it’s about them more than anything else. I love that progression. I love the process, what we’re going through. And it’s been so fun to see them go out there every day and see what they’re doing. So we’re going to continue to improve. We’re going to continue to develop, we know that. There’s a lot more to this than we’re seeing and the players in the minor leagues continue to develop as well, so we’re excited about that. Masu.”
Martinez talked about the birth of the postseason and getting back in contention for a World Series title, suggesting a callback to 2019.
“I never could have imagined what this road would be like,” he said of his path back into contention after 2019. “…But here we are today. I always talk about being right at your feet, but I like where we’re headed.” I once said, “It leads to.” we are going to get there. ”