Agents hate hate hate the Adam Lind deal

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Adam Lind headshot.jpgKen Rosenthal reports that agents — or, at least the one agent that would allow Rosenthal to quote him — hates the deal Adam Lind signed with the Blue Jays:

“Three club options? The union hates those deals and understandably so. He should have gotten those numbers without the
options. The arbitration process rewards offensive production, and this
kid is going to produce.”

I agree it’s a very team-friendly deal, but if I were a DH these days I’d be shaking in my boots. Sure, Lind is better than Jack Cust but when it comes right down to it, anyone can hit, and with teams emphasizing defense so much more today than they did yesterday, a lot of position players are going to find themselves in the DH market going forward.

Not saying I don’t try to drive the hardest bargain possible if I’m Lind’s rep, but with the DH market, it’s a short drive.

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.