There was nothing improper about Scott Boras’ loan to Edward Salcedo

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An MLBPA source has told the Associated Press that Scott Boras did not violate any union rules when his company made loans to client Edward Salcedo. Of course we knew this back in November.

The only person who didn’t seem to know this was the New York Times’ Michael S. Schmidt, who continued to push this story even after multiple analysis of the situation made it quite clear that no rules had been violated. It was referred to as a “scandal.”  Many non-specific people were described as voicing non-specific “concern.” There was the obligatory “these allegations come at a time” sentence, which was used to cast the whole thing in a negative light despite there being no actual connection between the complained-of activity and the contemporaneous evil.

As I noted multiple times when the story first broke, the whole thing smelled like a hit job to me. It was helped along by quoted agents who would love nothing more than to see Boras taken down a peg and anonymous Major League Baseball sources who have a clear interest in painting amateur free agency in the Dominican Republic as an awful thing.  And now it’s over.  I eagerly await Schmidt’s report on the matter.

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.