Cora, 39, is a former middle infielder who played 14 seasons in the majors for six different teams. He won a World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2007, and last played for the Nationals in 2011. He is currently a baseball analyst for ESPN and has no coaching experience.
Earlier this month, the Nationals fired manager Matt Williams after failing to make the playoffs. Williams, who also had no managerial experience upon his hiring, lasted only two years in Washington. San Diego fired manager Bud Black on June 15 after Black managed the team for more than eight years. Black has also been linked with the Nationals' vacancy.
The Marlins fired skipper Mike Redmond in May and replaced him with general manager Dan Jennings on an interim basis. At the end of the season, the Marlins announced Jennings would return to the front office.
If hired by any of these teams, Cora would be the second-youngest manager in the majors, behind only the Rays' Kevin Cash, who is 37.
- Jeremy Layton