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David DeJesus joins CSN Chicago as Cubs analyst

David DeJesus joins CSN Chicago as Cubs analyst

MESA, Ariz. – David DeJesus – one of the first free agents the Theo Epstein regime signed during the Wrigleyville rebuild – will be bringing his unique insight to CSN Chicago as a Cubs analyst.

DeJesus, who helped mentor a young Anthony Rizzo and later played for Joe Maddon’s Tampa Bay Rays, will be part of the pre- and postgame coverage of the defending World Series champs, the network announced Wednesday, and contribute to podcasts and other studio shows.

DeJesus, 37, carved out a 13-year career in the big leagues as a well-rounded player who could get on base, provide plus defense in the outfield and be a positive presence in the clubhouse.

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DeJesus made it through the 101-loss season in 2012 – and won back-to-back Dale Sveum bunt tournaments in spring training – before the Cubs moved him to the Washington Nationals in August 2013. Days later, DeJesus got traded to Tampa Bay and he eventually finished out his playing career with the Los Angeles Angels in 2015.

"I'm thankful to CSN for giving me this opportunity to once again be a part of the best organization in baseball," said DeJesus in a statement. "I loved my time with the Cubs and I am excited to be able to bring my insight to the viewers and enjoy the ride to another championship."

DeJesus replaces Todd Hollandsworth, another ex-Cub who moved up to the broadcast booth with Fox Sports Florida and the Miami Marlins.

Cubs Talk Podcast: An ode to Joe Maddon and looking to the next era

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Cubs Talk Podcast: An ode to Joe Maddon and looking to the next era

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Tony Andracki, Kelly Crull, Scott Changnon and Jeff Nelson give us their memories of Joe Maddon's time with the Cubs and discuss David Ross and Joe Espada's candidacy to be the next manager.

01:30 Kelly's memories of Joe from the perspective of a reporter

06:00 Going back to Hazleton with Joe

07:45 Joe's legacy as manager of the Cubs

16:00 How Joe impacted Javy Baez' career

18:00 David Ross and Joe Espada may be the leaders to replace Joe Maddon.

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Cubs reportedly ‘exceptionally impressed’ by Joe Espada in managerial search

Cubs reportedly ‘exceptionally impressed’ by Joe Espada in managerial search

As the Cubs peruse over their list of managerial candidates, one name reportedly made a strong impression following his interview with the team.

According to NBC Sports Chicago’s David Kaplan, Astros bench coach Joe Espada left the Cubs front office “exceptionally impressed” following his interview on Monday.

Espada, 44, has spent the last two seasons as Astros bench coach following three seasons as Yankees third base coach. He is one of MLB’s more sought after managerial candidates this winter and one of three known external candidates for the Cubs’ opening, along with Joe Girardi and Gabe Kapler.

Former Cubs catcher and current front office assistant David Ross has been the presumed front runner for the Cubs' opening. But based on Kaplan’s report, Espada clearly has given Epstein and Co. something to think about, which makes sense, considering Espada is coming from an innovative Astros organization.

Epstein said at his end-of-season press conference that there’s no timeline for the Cubs’ managerial search. However, MLB prefers teams to not make big announcements during the World Series, which kicks off on Oct. 22. Thus, the Cubs may not make an announcement for little while longer, though this is purely speculation.

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