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Top Astros coach could be candidate for Mets manager if it opens up

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The New York Mets may have their eye on one compelling candidate if they decide to move on from Mickey Callaway this offseason.

ESPN’s Buster Olney reported on Tuesday that Joe Espada, a bench coach for the Houston Astros, is likely to be considered if the Mets change managers.

The 44-year-old Espada has been with the Astros for the last two seasons and was previously a third base coach for both the New York Yankees and Miami Marlins. On top of his day-to-day duties with Houston, Espada is also in charge of infield positioning, the Astros being one of the more shift-heavy teams in baseball.

As for the Mets, a change might be coming after another mediocre season in which they find themselves once again out of playoff contention. Callaway has become something of a meme for his various foibles, and a better tactician such as Espada could be what the team needs to get back on track.

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