Obsessive Manager Watch: Espada Coming to Chicago for a Second Interview Today …

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Obsessive Manager Watch: Espada Coming to Chicago for a Second Interview Today …

Chicago Cubs

With a couple off-days before the World Series begins, it’s a time for managerial movement around baseball, if teams are ready to do so.

The Cubs? Not ready. Because they want to talk to that Astros coach with the impressive resume once again:

Given the interest in Espada from other clubs, that’s an extremely interesting revelation. It means not only that the Cubs are very serious in their interest, but also that Espada – who has yet to interview with any other club – is serious in his interest in the Cubs, using the off-day to interview again with the Cubs, specifically.

Although it is customary for these kinds of moves to take place after a team is out of the postseason, it isn’t unprecedented that a coach could be hired away from a team still in the postseason. In fact, how about this? Two years ago, the Astros eliminated the Yankees in the ALCS, and the next day, their bench coach was announced as the new manager of another team. It was Alex Cora and the Red Sox that time, but there’s a pretty clear parallel precedent.

Is it possible that if the Cubs are blown away today they could make a decision, and an announcement, as soon as today?

It’s also possible that the Cubs are truly down to Espada and David Ross, and while there is time – before he looks elsewhere – the Cubs really, really want to make sure they don’t want Espada over Ross. (Note that it’s unlikely the front office feels they need a second interview with Ross.)



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.