Brad Ausmus was one of the candidates to interview with the Red Sox before they traded for John Farrell to take over as manager.
Ausmus previously withdrew his name from consideration for the Astros job, but the Connecticut native saw managing in Boston as an ideal opportunity. “I grew up a Red Sox fan, I still have family in New England, and I own a house on the Cape, so there was a special connection there,” Ausmus said, via Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.
Cafardo talked to a team source who said Ausmus “was outstanding” during the interview, coming in “very detailed both verbally and with written material” and with a coaching staff in mind. And it sounds like he may have been the Red Sox’s pick if general manager Ben Cherington didn’t have his heart set on Farrell the whole time.
Ausmus will go back to being a special assistant with the Padres, but clearly he’s interested in managing and it would be surprising if he doesn’t land a gig soon.
Update (5:04 PM EST): The White Sox will receive pitchers Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, and Dane Dunning from the Nationals, per Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago. MLB Pipeline rated them No. 1, 3, and 6 in the Nationals’ minor league system.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Nationals are close to acquiring outfielder Adam Eaton from the White Sox. He notes that outfielder Victor Robles, the Nationals’ No. 2 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, is not included in the deal.
Eaton, 28, is signed to a very team-friendly contract. He’ll earn $4 million in 2017, $6 million in ’18, and $8.4 million in ’19. His controlling team then has a club option worth $9.5 million in 2020 with a $1.5 million buyout and a $10.5 million club option in ’21 with a $1.5 million buyout.
This past season, Eaton was worth 3.9 Wins Above Replacement according to Baseball Reference after playing significantly above-average defense while batting .284/.362/.428 with 14 home runs, 59 RBI, 91 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 706 plate appearances.
If the deal goes through, the Nationals would move Trea Turner from center field to shortstop. Meanwhile, the White Sox continue their teardown after trading Chris Sale to the Red Sox on Tuesday.
ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Marlins have signed veteran catcher A.J. Ellis to a one-year, $2.5 million deal.
Ellis, 35, began the 2016 season with the Dodgers but went to the Phillies in the Carlos Ruiz trade near the end of August. Overall, he hit .216/.301/.298 in 196 plate appearances.
Ellis will back up J.T. Realmuto behind the dish.