Brad Ausmus didn’t get Red Sox job, but “was outstanding” in interview

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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.

Report: Giants in “serious discussions” with Reds to acquire Billy Hamilton

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Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Giants are engaged in “serious discussions” with the Reds to acquire center fielder Billy Hamilton. Talks are apparently advanced enough that a deal could be completed before the end of the Winter Meetings on Thursday.

It’s no secret that the Giants would like to make an upgrade in the outfield this offseason, as the club has also been linked to Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. Currently, the Giants’ outfield consists of Denard Span, Hunter Pence, and Jarrett Parker.

Hamilton, 27, owns a meager .248/.298/.334 batting line across parts of five seasons in the majors with the Reds. However, he has plenty of speed, having stolen at least 56 bases in each of the last four seasons. Hamilton is also well-regarded for his defense, which would be a boon at spacious AT&T Park.

Hamilton is in his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. He’s projected to earn $5 million for this coming season. Buchanan notes that the Rangers are also interested in potentially acquiring Hamilton.