Rockies interested in reunion with utilityman Jamey Carroll

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According to the Denver Post‘s Troy Renck, Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd is looking to give his team an “attitude adjustment” this winter by bringing in a strong clubhouse presence. Or two.

Veteran utility infielder Jamey Carroll is thought to carry that type of aura, and is known to be on the Rockies’ short list of desired free agents.

Carroll hasn’t homered since the 2009 season and will turn 38 years of age before spring training next February, but he batted .290 with a respectable .359 on-base percentage in 2011 and the Rockies feel he would fit snugly into the No. 2 spot in their lineup.

Renck calls Carroll a “winning” and “unselfish” player, perfect to turn the tide in a young clubhouse. Whether that’s fluff or not, the Rockies’ front office might believe in it.

The 10-year MLB veteran played for Colorado from 2006-2007, batting .275/.357/.370 with seven home runs and 58 RBI in 802 total plate appearances. He could start at second or third base if signed again.

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.