Dodgers having 2nd thoughts on Padilla?

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Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune is reporting/theorizing that the L.A. Dodgers are re-thinking the whole idea of re-signing pitcher Vicente Padilla in the offseason.

According to Rogers, the Dodgers are “asking hard questions” about the incident last week in which Padilla shot himself in the leg (or was shot by his bodyguard) in what was apparently an accident in his native Nicaragua.

Padilla was let go by the Rangers last season, and there was plenty of talk of him being a negative presence in the clubhouse. Now with the shooting and the lack of clarity behind what happened, it’s understandable if the Dodgers are getting cold feet. It certainly seems unlikely Padilla will receive the $12 million he made last season, from the Dodgers or anyone else.

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Angels hire Brad Ausmus as special assistant to the GM

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels have hired former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus as a special assistant to GM Billy Eppler.

Ausmus, 48, managed the Tigers for four seasons, accruing a 314-332 (.486) record. The Tigers fired him after the 2017 season and hired former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire in his place.

Ausmus will assist with scouting and evaluations of players in the Angels’ system, amateurs, and players in other organizations.