Espada weighing whether to manage Jupiter squad
MIAMI — Some changes are being made to Marlins manager Mike Redmond’s coaching staff.
Third base coach Joe Espada has been asked to manage Class A Jupiter in the Florida State League. On the big league staff the past four years, Espada is taking a few days to decide if he wants to accept the reassignment or seek a big league job with another club.
A native of Puerto Rico, Espada has the makings of being a future big league manager. The thought from the Marlins’ perspective is to give him the opportunity to gain managerial experience in the Minors.
In the past, Espada went through the interview process for the Marlins’ manager post. He last interviewed before Ozzie Guillen was hired in 2012.
Espada is highly respected by the players, and he gained some international attention as the third base coach for Team Puerto Rico, which lost in the finals to the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.
With the Marlins this past season, Espada also coached the outfielders and he was the base-running instructor. In Spring Training, he worked daily on bunting with the players early in the morning at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla.
Last week, the Marlins reassigned interim hitting coach John Pierson to the Minors.
Andy Haines managed the Jupiter Hammerheads this past season. His new role has yet to be decided.
The Marlins are considering going with two hitting coaches, a trend being used by a number of teams, including the Cardinals.
Andy Barkett, who managed Double-A Jacksonville, reportedly is in the mix for a hitting coach spot.
– Joe Frisaro