Astros’ Joe Espada reportedly interviewing with Cubs for manager job
The Houston Astros may be locked up with the New York Yankees in a contentious ALCS, but bench coach Joe Espada is already looking ahead — at least a little bit.
Mark Feinsand of MLB Network reports that Espada is in Chicago on Monday and will interview with the Cubs for their vacant manager position.
Astros bench coach Joe Espada is interviewing with the Cubs today for their manager job.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) October 14, 2019
Although managerial interviews during the playoffs aren’t entirely out of the norm, it’s at least somewhat surprising to see the Astros allowing Espada to interview ahead of a crucial Game 3. However, the Cubs are adamant they’d like to wrap up their search as quickly as possible and were determined to meet with Espada before a decision on their next manager was made.
In addition to Espada, the Cubs will also interview former Philadelphia Phillies skipper Gabe Kapler, according to MLB.com beat writer Jordan Bastian.
Cubs also scheduled to interview Gabe Kapler this week. https://t.co/gOchaqQSut
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) October 14, 2019
Kapler is also high on the list to take over in San Francisco, and is scheduled to meet with the Giants later this week.