Dave Martinez still has work to do with the Rays in the playoffs. But these may also be Martinez’ last games in a Rays uniform.

According to Rays consigliere Ken Rosenthal, Martinez is at the top of the wishlist in Chicago to be the White Sox new manager.

General manager Ken Williams continues to work off his short list, the source said. Rays bench coach Dave Martinez, according to a second source, is at the top of that list. Martinez, a former outfielder, played for the White Sox from 1995 to ’97.

In addition to playing for both the White Sox and Cubs, Martinez’ wife is from Chicago and one of his children plays soccer at Northwestern.

When asked if he was ready to be a big league manager, Martinez said “Definitely,” but added that his focus is with the Rays right now.

Joe Maddon said Martinez would be “very difficult to replace,” but that he would do “somersaults” if Martinez got the job.

Another team that is quite familiar with Martinez, the Boston Red Sox, also find themselves looking for a new manager. And while nobody is certain if Martinez is a candidate for that job, there is plenty of speculation in Beantown that Martinez is a potential successor.

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  1. Don says:

    He won't be White Sox Manager looking like that...I'll bet you!

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  2. MarkE says:

    Sweet! We've infiltrated the RedSux with CC. Now we'll secretly corrupt them at the manager level with an undercover Martinez. What are the venomous RedSux fans saying right now about ownership considering ANOTHER TB Ray acquisition? I wonder if Francona would consider a bench coach job in "Tampa". Perhaps batting coach?

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  3. Blake says:

    Saw Martinez mentioned for the Boston job too. I certainly hope he gets the Chicago job, he deserves to be a manager, but I don't want him in the division.

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  4. Amy says:

    Think the cards will fall on where Davey goes when Francona chooses his spot. I would imagine the White Sox and other jobs that open will have ask Francona first before anyone else.

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  5. Hal says:

    The issue might also be who he takes with him. Also who do we replace him with? Probably somebody young and just recently out of the game(what's Cliff Floyd doing these days?) or would someone like Charlie Montoya consider bench coach with the Rays and upgrade over manager of the Bulls? I know alot of the players really love him, but he probably has very strong ties to Durham with all that he's been through with his son and all. I guess we'll see.

    Now come on DP!!!!!

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