The White Sox could still trade Gavin Floyd

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The fire sale is apparently back on.

While the White Sox signed John Danks to a five-year, $65 million contract extension earlier this week, Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reported yesterday that they remain open to trading Gavin Floyd.

Floyd could be an attractive target for many teams because he is owed $7 million next season and his contract includes a reasonable $9.5 million club option for 2012. He posted a 4.37 ERA this past season, but averaged a career-low 2.09 BB/9 and his strand rate indicates that he was a little on the unlucky side. Floyd turns 29 in January and has averaged 195 innings over the past four seasons.

It’s not clear if White Sox general manager Kenny Williams is talking with any team in particular right now, but Knobler mentions that the Red Sox expressed interest in Floyd during the Winter Meetings.

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.