So the first member of Martinez's staff comes with a ton of experience, which could be important considering he is a first-time manager. It remains to be seen whether Washington will value experience with the rest of the staff or look for people Martinez has a connection with.
"We're going to attack it like we attack everything -- where it's going to be a group decision, and Davey's got to be comfortable with the guys around him," general manager Mike Rizzo said. "We're going to put people in positions to aid Davey in winning baseball games, and there's not a shortage of candidates who want to be with the Washington Nationals."
The Nats value continuity, but it's becoming more unlikely that there will be much holdover from Dusty Baker's coaching staff last year. Pitching coach Mike Maddux has already signed to the same position with St. Louis; bench coach Chris Speier is a longtime friend of Baker's, and first-base coach Davey Lopes will not return, a source told MLB.com. One possible holdover could be third-base coach Bobby Henley, according to a report from The Washington Post, although he could be assigned to another role in the organization.
When the Nationals hired Baker as their manager two years ago, the hiring process for the coaching staff continued into that year's General Managers Meetings. This year's GM Meetings take place from Nov. 13-16, and they could once again be a chance for Rizzo to conduct several interviews and help build a staff.
"We've received a lot of phone calls," Rizzo said. "We've got a lot of interest, because this is a good team, a good franchise, a good organization. With a good young manager like Davey, there's plenty of people who want to be here."
Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.