A week after Joe Girardi was dumped by the Yankees, his third base coach, Joe Espada, jumped from New York to Houston.
Less than 10 days earlier, the Yankees had been eliminated in Game 7 of the ALCS by the Astros – which we now know, stole signs in the trashiest of ways.
Six years later, after serving as bench coach under A.J. Hinch and Dusty Baker, Espada is expected to be named the Astros manager on Monday, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
Prior to his coaching career, Espada, 48, was a career minor leaguer. He was drafted in the second round by the Athletics in 1996 and played the next nine seasons with six organizations across all levels. He batted .275 in the minors with 16 home runs, 130 stolen bases and a .710 OPS.
Espada’s coaching career began in the Marlins organization, where he served as a minor league coordinator from 2006-2009 before being promoted to the big league club
Espada joined the Yankees in 2014 as a special assistant to general manager Brian Cashman. A year later, he became Girardi’s third base coach, before replacing Alex Cora, who left for the Red Sox, in Houston.
Last week, Nightengale of USA Today reported:
Houston Astros GM Dana Brown is pushing for bench coach Joe Espada to be promoted as manager to replace Dusty Baker.
The Astros also considered former Brewers manager Craig Counsell, who will manager the Cubs next season, former Tigers and Angels manager Brad Ausmus and third base coach Omar Lopez for the job, according to MLB Trade Rumors.
Ultimately, Brown got his man.