The Cubs sometimes overthink things, but the David Ross vs. Joe Espada debate should be almost over, if it isn’t already.
It’s been 50-plus weeks since president of baseball operations Theo Epstein announced that Joe Maddon would go into the 2019 season without a contract extension. It’s been almost a month since Maddon stood next to Epstein in front of the cameras for his farewell press conference on the final day of a frustrating season.
Epstein knows what he’s looking for — a new leader to address the complacency issues he’s noticed since the middle of the World Series hangover season in 2017. Or the beginning of the post-Grandpa Rossy era.
While there have been reservations about Ross’ lack of formal coaching experience and friendships with current players in the clubhouse, there is no doubt that he wants the job. Epstein first noticed Ross’ post-playing potential more than a decade ago, when the Boston Red Sox acquired an emergency third…