Bay not a top priority for Angels or Mariners

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The speculation Tuesday was that the Mariners were cooling on free agent Jason Bay, but that the Angels were becoming more and more interested. Apparently, that wasn’t quite the case.
Said manager Mike Scioscia on Wednesday:

“I have not reached out personally to him, but he has been in internal discussions that we’ve had as an organization. I think there are some more pressing needs that we have right now than what — than the talent that Jason can bring. He’s an extraordinary talent, but we definitely have to look for some balance in some areas, and that might not make Jason a great fit for our club.”

If neither the Angels nor Mariners are prepared to go to five years on Bay, that might mean Boston’s original four-year, $60 million proposal is the best one he’ll see.

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.