Cubs to reportedly conduct second interview with Joe Espada for managerial opening

Tim Stebbins

Astros bench coach Joe Espada has two days off before Houston hosts Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday, but it looks like some of that time will be spent in Chicago.

According to multiple reports, the Cubs will interview Espada a second time for their managerial opening. MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that the interview is happening on Sunday.

Espada is one of the more sought after managerial candidates this offseason, as he's spent the last six seasons with two of baseball's leading franchises. The 44-year-old has been Astros bench coach since 2018, and prior to that, he spent four seasons with the Yankees - 2014 as a front office assistant, 2015-17 as third-base coach.

David Ross was the presumed favorite for the Cubs' opening when the process got underway. However, by landing a second interview, Espada has clearly given the team something to think about. In fact, NBC Sports Chicago's David Kaplan reported on Thursday the Cubs came away "exceptionally impressed" from Espada's first interview on Monday. 

MLB prefers teams not to make managerial announcements during the World Series. So, if the Cubs announce their decision soon, it could come in the next several weeks, if not Sunday or Monday.

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Cubs to reportedly conduct second interview with Joe Espada for managerial opening originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago