The Nationals' decision to not extend Dusty Baker's contract leaves them back where they were two years ago — and two years before that: in search of a manager. Here are a few names to keep in mind:
Last job: Tigers manager
A popular name for teams in the market for a manager, the former catcher managed the Tigers for four seasons, reaching the postseason in 2014 with Max Scherzer in his starting rotation only to get swept out of the ALDS. He was fired after going 64-98 in Detroit this season. Interviewed for the Washington job in 2013.
Current job: Astros bench coach
The consensus is the Red Sox will name Cora their next manager, but they need to wait until the Astros' postseason run is over before officially making the hire. Could the delay allow Washington to make a bid for the bilingual Cora? A former infielder, Cora spent the final year of his playing career with the Nationals in 2011 and interviewed for the club's managerial opening in 2015.
Last job: Red Sox manager
Like Baker, Farrell was let go despite consecutive division titles after an unsuccessful playoff run fell short of expectations. But there are two significant differences: Farrell won a World Series in the first of his five seasons and Red Sox President Dave Dombrowski said Farrell would've been dismissed no matter how the Red Sox fared in the playoffs.
Current job: Blue Jays bench coach
Another longtime bench coach and managerial search finalist, Hale also interviewed with the Nationals in 2013. After various stints managing in the minors, Hale served as a third base coach and bench coach for the Red Sox and third base coach for the Orioles before joining the Blue Jays as bench coach in November 2012.
Current job: Cubs bench coach
Martinez has been interviewing for managerial openings since at least 2010 and interviewed for the Nationals' gig in 2013. A former outfielder and first baseman, Martinez, who's also bilingual, played 16 seasons in the majors and has served as Joe Maddon's bench coach with the Rays and Cubs since 2007.
Current job: ESPN analyst
Perez isn't among the names most discussed for openings, but he would probably be in the Nationals' price range, and he has credentials. The former big leaguer served as a hitting coach for the Marlins, a bench coach for the Astros, and managed a championship club in the Puerto Rico winter league. He's also bilingual, and the son of Hall of Famer Tony Perez and godson of Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda.