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The Chicago Cubs’ search for a manager to replace Joe Maddon is flying under the radar. Up until now, it’s been all about the Philadelphia Phillies’ job and three big-name candidates.

However, it appears that Chicago is entering the final stages of its search. Former Cubs player David Ross reportedly joins Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada as the two front runners.

Ross’ candidacy is by now well known. He played for the Cubs from 2015-16, helping lead the team to that long-awaited World Series title. A veteran of 15 MLB seasons as a backstop, Ross remains well respected around the baseball world.

On the other hand, Espada is a relatively new candidate for managerial openings. Prior to joining the Astros last season, he had stints as a coach with the Florida/Miami Marlins and New York Yankees.