The New York Mets they have interviewed the Houston Astros Bench Coach, Joe Espada, as part of his ongoing manager search. He becomes the fifth known interviewee, joining the most experienced Matt Quatraro, Buck Showalter, Brad Ausmus and Bob Geren.
The 46-year-old Espada has spent the past four seasons as Houston’s bench coach. His first two years were under AJ Hinch, and he held that position even after the club passed Dusty Baker following Hinch’s firing for his role in the 2017 signal theft scandal:
Prior to his time with the Astros, Espada spent four seasons in the Yankees organization, the last three of which came to Joe Girardi’s coaching staff. Espada’s time in the Bronx partially overlapped with that of current Mets general manager Billy Eppler, who served as AGM with the Yankees from 2012 to 2015.
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To date, Puerto Rican Espada has no managerial experience in the Major Leagues. However, he has long been considered a viable candidate for a higher position at some point.
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