Padres give up on Jorge Cantu

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Even though the Padres will be using the designated hitter in Minnesota this weekend, they said after Wednesday’s game that they’re cutting veteran Jorge Cantu.

The move is likely clearing a spot for Orlando Hudson to come off the DL on Friday.

Cantu was signed to platoon with Brad Hawpe at first base and back up Chase Headley at third base, but he was a big failure in his role, hitting .194/.232/.285 with three homers in 144 at-bats.  With the recent promotion of Anthony Rizzo, Cantu was no longer needed as a first baseman against lefties, leaving him with little to do.

It’s hard to say what’s next for Cantu.  He drove in 100 runs in 2009, and he’s still just 29 years old.  However, he’s struggled mightily over the last year and he’s a liability defensive anywhere except first base.  He went unsigned into late January over the winter before settling for $850,000 from the Padres, and there should be even less demand for his services now.  Odds are that he’ll have to spend some time in Triple-A before getting another shot.

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.