Yankees lose third base coach and managerial candidate to the Astros

Think back to when the New York Yankees announced Joe Girardi would not return as manager for the 2018 season. One of the top internal candidates was third-base coach Joe Espada. Remember that? Good. Now forget about it, because Espada is no longer on the board.

Instead, Espada has joined the Houston Astros as their new bench coach -- a position that came available at the conclusion of the World Series, with Alex Cora heading off to the Boston Red Sox to become their new manager:

Presumably the Yankees had already decided Espada wasn't the right individual to fill their managerial vacancy. As such, this probably doesn't impact them too much.

Nonetheless, it's a neat promotion for Espada, who now gets to try to help the Astros repeat and joins the team a day after they won the World Series. 

CBS Sports Staff

R.J. Anderson joined CBS Sports in 2016. He previously wrote for Baseball Prospectus, where he contributed to five of the New York Times bestselling annuals. His work has also appeared in Newsweek and... Full Bio

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