Heyman: Phillies, Giants are favorites for Carlos Beltran

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With speculation flying that Carlos Beltran won’t accept a trade to an American League team, SI.com’s Jon Heyman said Friday afternoon that he sees the Phillies and Giants as the favorites to land the Mets outfielder, with the Braves and Brewers also in the running.

ESPN’s Buster Olney said earlier Friday that five teams were in the mix and didn’t include Milwaukee.  He said the Red Sox, Giants, Phillies, Braves and Rangers were the “serious teams.”

If they’re willing to part with either outfielder Gary Brown or RHP Zack Wheeler, the Giants would seem to be in the best position to land Beltran.  The Phillies would be crazy to give up Domonic Brown for two-plus months of Beltran, and while first baseman Jonathan Singleton might be up for grabs, he’s not as good of a fit in New York of Gary Brown would be.  The Phillies could instead try a deal with top pitching prospect Jarred Cosart.  Vance Worley isn’t believed to be on the table.

The Mets are believed to be looking at left-hander Mike Minor in a Beltran deal with the Braves.

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.