Rumor: Twins talking to Blue Jays about "bullpen help"

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Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com is “hearing something’s going down between the Twins and Blue Jays, probably for bullpen help.”
He adds that a deal is “not done” but “could be quickly” and speculates that the Twins are most likely targeting Jason Frasor or perhaps Scott Downs.
Minnesota was linked to Frasor during the offseason, which along with Toronto’s reported high asking price for Downs seemingly makes Frasor the much more plausible acquisition for the Twins. Both relievers are impending free agents.

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.