Astros bench coach Joe Espada is now not a candidate to change into the subsequent White Sox supervisor, MLB.com’s Scott Merkin experiences. Espada was reportedly a finalist for the Marlins’ job earlier than Miami employed Skip Schumaker earlier this week, and he hasn’t been linked to the Royals, the one different staff nonetheless on the lookout for a brand new supervisor. In consequence, it seems like Espada will once more come up brief in a bid for his first Main League managerial job, after beforehand being thought of by such groups because the Mets, Giants, Athletics, Twins, and Cubs over the previous few seasons.
The 47-year-old Espada has been Houston’s bench coach for the final 5 seasons, the Yankees’ third base coach/infield coach from 2015-17, and the Marlins’ third base coach from 2010-13. Previous to his first large league posting, Espada additionally labored as a coach and coordinator for a number of years within the Marlins farm system. There was hypothesis that the Astros would possibly’ve been grooming Espada to step into their managerial submit if Dusty Baker wasn’t retained or if the 73-year-old Baker determined to retire, however since Houston is reportedly taken with bringing Baker again in 2023, Espada may need to attend not less than yet one more 12 months if the Astros job is certainly a chance.
Espada, Royals bench coach Pedro Grifol, and former White Sox and Marlins supervisor Ozzie Guillen are the one candidates confirmed to have interviewed for the White Sox job. Experiences surfaced final week that the Sox had curiosity in talking with Guillen a few doable return, and NBC Sports activities Chicago’s Chuck Garfien reported that Guillen’s interview happened final Monday.
Past that trio, interim supervisor Miguel Cairo and Braves third base coach Ron Washington had been additionally recognized to be into consideration, although it isn’t recognized if the Sox have truly spoken with both candidate. One would think about Cairo has already met with the staff sooner or later in the previous few weeks, since as Merkin notes, White Sox GM Rick Hahn stated throughout his season wrap-up press convention on October 3 that Cairo would get an interview.
With this uncertainty nonetheless surrounding the search, it isn’t recognized if the White Sox have every other interviews lined up, or in the event that they’re approaching any type of “finalist” stage. It’s doable the Sox could be ready till the World Collection is over (or not less than for the Collection’ scheduled off-days on October 30 or November 3) to make an official announcement, if they’re certainly near a call.