Dave Martinez is departing the Rays in a move that seemed rather likely.
Here's his statement via team spokesman Rick Vaughn:
"I informed the Rays this week that I have chosen to move forward and consider other opportunities that may present themselves outside the organization. It was a hard decision that I think is best for myself and the Rays. I want to thank our fans for their overwhelming support. It has meant the world to my family and me. For the past nine years, the players and staff have been an extension of my family and the memories that we have all shared and the relationships that have been built will stay with me forever. I can't thank them enough for all they have meant to me."
It's possible that Martinez could have remained with the Rays, not much unlike one of the other ten men interviewed to be the next Rays manager Ron Wotus, who is entering his 20th season as the Giants' bench coach.
Continuity has been something we, as fans, have been looking forward to seeing in the clubhouse, and that's understandable. This has been a very good Rays team for seven seasons, all with Martinez on the bench.
However, it's entirely probable that Martinez felt burned when the Rays did not include him as a finalist for Joe Maddon's old job, instead giving the three slots to Kevin Cash, Don Wakamatsu, and Raul Ibanez. If they wanted to go in a new direction, Martinez would too.
It's yet to be determined if Joe Maddon would be interested in a reunion with his right hand man in Chicago.