Pirates sign Bobby Crosby to one-year deal

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Apparently not satisfied with Ronny Cedeno as their lone option at shortstop, the Pirates have reportedly signed Bobby Crosby to a one-year deal worth $1 million in guaranteed money and another $500,000 in playing time-based incentives.
According to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette the Pirates “are bringing in Crosby with the idea that he can seriously challenge to be the starting shortstop,” which makes sense given that Cedeno has hit a pathetic .240/.280/.346 through 1,353 plate appearances in the majors.
Of course, lost in his being a one-time Rookie of the Year winner is that Crosby has a nearly identical .231/.292/.346 mark over the past four seasons, so it’ll definitely be a fair fight. You know, in the same sense that, say, Bengie Molina and a really slow, partially disabled turtle would be a fair matchup for a foot race.

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.