Phillies keeping mum on cancellation of Dennys Reyes deal

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Like us, you’re probably trying to figure out why exactly the Phillies cut off their one-year, $1.1 million deal with left-handed reliever Dennys Reyes on Friday afternoon.

We may never know the truth.

Whether Reyes failed part of his physical (which is highly possible given his weight and conditioning issues) or whether the Phillies simply backtracked from the offer after signing Cliff Lee to a mega-deal, Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock isn’t saying anything and Reyes’ representatives have not weighed in either.

But you can probably read through the lines here…

“We were not able to finish it off,” Proefrock said Friday.  “We were not able to finish it off, and that’s all I’m going to say.” 

Proefrock was responding to a question about Reyes’ pre-signing physical when he gave those comments.
This is all based on guess work, but it feels like he may be protecting the hefty lefty, who is sure to look for offers elsewhere and sure to find at least one team willing to take a chance.

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.