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Report: White Sox manager candidate Joe Espada finalist for Marlins job

by Joe Binder

One of the White Sox’s managerial candidates is an apparent finalist for another opening.

According to MLB insider and New York Post’s Jon Heyman, Astros bench coach Joe Espada has emerged as one of four finalists for the Marlins’ managerial vacancy.

Espada, 47, is one of the most popular candidates among White Sox fans and has long been expected to be a hot commodity among teams with a managerial opening this offseason. Houston’s return to the World Series certainly increases his stock even further.

Currently Dusty Baker‘s bench coach, Espada first served as the Marlins’ third base coach from 2010-2013 after spending several seasons as a minor league manager and instructor. He then moved on to the Yankees as a special assistant to Brian Cashman before becoming the bench coach for the Astros in 2017.

When it comes to a resume, few have the one Espada owns at his age. The only thing he is missing is major-league managerial experience. He has been interviewed for several jobs over the past few years, including both the Rangers’ and Cubs’ most recent openings. His experience with a winning organization like the Astros only adds to his appeal, and he is well-regarded in the Houston clubhouse – including by Baker, himself.

According to a previous report by Heyman, Espada already received an interview with the White Sox on October 12. It has since been revealed that the organization was “impressed” with Espada’s interview, and a decision on the team’s next manager could come by the end of the month. However, the recent rumblings out of Miami could pose some competition if he ends up being the guy.

Once the World Series concludes, we will have better clarity on Espada’s future. Until then, hunker down for a handful of rumors over these coming days.

As more information becomes available, we will provide further updates. Follow us on social media @SoxOn35th!

Featured Photo: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

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