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Giants Interviews Joe Espada for Second Time

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The San Francisco Giants are set to interview Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada for a second time, according to the New York Post’s Ken Davidoff.

Espada initially interviewed for the Giants’ managerial opening last week, between Game 2 and Game 3 of the World Series.

Espada, 44, has been a hot name on the managerial candidate market for some time now, and was one of the names linked to the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates openings earlier this month.

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Astros Acquire Martin Maldonado

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The Houston Astros have acquired veteran catcher Martin Maldonado from the Chicago Cubs, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

As part of the deal, outfielder/second baseman Tony Kemp will be heading to the Cubs, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Chandler Rome.

Maldonado has posted a .217/.285/.349 slash line this season.

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Astros’ Brad Peacock Begins Rehab Assignment

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Houston Astros righty Brad Peacock has begun a rehab assignment in Double-A, according to Fox 26’s Mark Berman.

If all things go well, Peacock could rejoin the Astros rotation by July 15th, according to The Athletic’s Jake Kaplan.

Peacock has been out since June 28th when he sustained shoulder inflammation, and has posted a 4.13 ERA this season for the Astros.

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Astros’ Gerrit Cole Discusses Pending Free Agency

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As the season wears on, so does the 2019 offseason and the 2019 free agency market as well.

Houston Astros’ pitches Gerrit Cole is one player who could potential hit free agency, and he knows how important it is.

I’m looking forward to it,” Cole said, according to Fox 26’s Mark Berman. “I know what my right is as a player. Once I get six years of service time, my right is to be able to say yes or no to a place I want to play. So I’m excited to be able to exercise that right.”

Cole isn’t ruling out a return to the Astros who he says “checks a lot of the boxes. I expect them to be there when push comes to shove. I wouldn’t mind playing there for a lot longer.”

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