Joe Espada wasn’t unemployed long.
The now-former Yankees third-base coach, who couldn’t beat them, joined them, as ESPN first reported, agreeing to become the Astros bench coach after Houston beat the Yankees in seven games in the ALCS, then the Dodgers in the World Series.
Espada’s contract, and that of every Yankees coach, expired Tuesday, and the Yankees gave the staff permission to talk with other clubs. After the Yankees let Joe Girardi go, the rest of his staff was free to leave, as the team didn’t want to renew a contract without finding a manager first.
Espada, who had been with the Yankees since 2014, had been third-base coach since 2015. He will replace Alex Cora in Houston, the current bench coach heading to the Red Sox to be their manager.
For the Yankees, who filled Gary Denbo’s position as head of the organization’s minor league operations Wednesday by promoting Kevin Reese, they can now seek a manager and then address the rest of their staff.
Bench coach Rob Thomson, hitting coach Alan Cockrell and pitching coach Larry Rothschild are in limbo.