MLB rumors: Giants interviewed Astros' Joe Espada for manager job over phone


While the Giants continue their search for a new manager, one opening was filled Wednesday morning. 

NBC Sports Chicago's David Kaplan confirmed the Cubs have named David Ross as their next manager. MLB Network's Jon Heyman first reported the news. 

And this could be good for the Giants, too.

President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi might be zeroing in on a serious candidate to be the team's next manager, one who was a Cubs finalist. On Tuesday night, Heyman reported the Giants recently interviewed Astros bench coach Joe Espada over the phone.

With Houston in the World Series, Zaidi clearly wanted to have a serious talk with Espada about running the show in San Francisco. 

Espada, 44, seems to hit every box Zaidi is looking for. Though he hasn't managed in the majors yet, Espada has done just about everything else, and he does have managing experience at other levels.

Espada has experience in the big leagues as a bench coach, third base coach and infield coach. He also has been a hitting coach and infield coach in the minors, coached in the World Baseball Classic and managed in the Puerto Rico Winter League.

To add to his strong résumé, Espada has front office experience as well. He served as a special assistant to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. 

[RELATED: Report: Kotsay entered Giants manager interviews as favorite]

If the Giants view Espada as the favorite to be their next manager, they will have to wait until after the Astros finish the World Series. But, it looks like he could be worth the wait. 

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