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Joe Espada to replace Alex Cora as Astros bench coach

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New York Yankees third base coach Joe Espada has accepted the vacant Houston Astros bench coach position, a source told ESPN's Marly Rivera on Wednesday.

Espada replaces Alex Cora, who was named manager of the Boston Red Sox after holding the bench coach job in Houston for one year.

Espada's contract with the Yankees expired on Tuesday, along with that of manager Joe Girardi. The Yankees announced on Thursday that Girardi would not return as manager.

The 42-year-old Espada was named the Yankees third base coach before the 2015 season. He has also coached third base for the Marlins and has managed the Puerto Rican team at the World Baseball Classic.

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