WASHINGTON -- Rays bench coach Dave Martinez interviewed for the Nationals' managerial job before the team hired Matt Williams. Martinez impressed Washington's front office, and he was one of the top three candidates for the position.
Martinez has been the bench coach for Tampa Bay since 2008. He also serves as a baserunning and bunting coach. Martinez played the outfield over 16 big league seasons with nine teams, including the Expos.
General manager Mike Rizzo declined to say who he interviewed after Davey Johnson retired as manager of the Nats.
Carpenter set to return to Nats booth for 2014
WASHINGTON -- Broadcaster Bob Carpenter had his option picked up for 2014 and will return as the TV play-by-play voice of the Nationals for the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, MLB.com has learned.
Carpenter has been with the Nationals since 2006 and is known for the catchphrase, "See ... you ... later," whenever a Nats player hits a home run. Carpenter could not be reached for comment.
It's not known if F.P. Santangelo, Carpenter's TV partner, will return for his third season in the booth. He is currently a free agent. Santangelo, who is Carpenter's fifth TV partner in Washington, is best known for the catchphrase, "Are you kidding me?" whenever he sees a great play on the field.
Lett in talks to remain with Nationals in some capacity
WASHINGTON -- Although he is no longer the bullpen coach for the Nationals, Jim Lett could stay in the organization, MLB.com has learned. The two parties are in discussions about Lett remaining with the club in some capacity. There is a possibility that Lett could work in the Minor League system or be a special assistant for general manager Mike Rizzo.
Lett spent the previous four seasons with the Nats as bullpen coach. He was hired by then-manager Jim Riggleman. Lett served under Riggleman and Davey Johnson, who retired after the 2013 season.
Matt LeCroy replaced Lett as the bullpen coach for the 2014 season on Matt Williams' staff.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.