The G.M. meetings are getting underway

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The G.M.s of all 30 teams and their various and sundry assistants have assembled in Indian Wells, California for the annual G.M. meetings.  That’s in the Coachella Valley, which means that there will be a performance by a holographic Branch Rickey at some point.

At least I think that’s how it works.

No, actually how it works, based on recent years anyway, is that a lot of talking happens over the next couple of days but not much in the way of big deals get done.  It’s more of a feeling out thing, laying the groundwork for deals as the winter wears on.  What we will see, however, are a lot of interviews with G.M.s that may give us a sense of what direction they’re leaning on this or that player.

But mostly, nah, not likely to be any major stuff going down.

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.