Nationals sign Craig Stammen to two-year, $2.25 million deal

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Hey look, a rare multi-year deal on a day filled with one-year contracts!

Craig Stammen and the Nationals have agreed to a two-year, $2.25 million deal, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.

Stammen had been arbitration eligible for the first time after the right-handed reliever threw 88 innings with a 2.34 ERA and 87/36 K/BB ratio last season. As a “Super Two” player he’ll still have two more years of arbitration eligibility after the two-year contract is up, so Stammen is under the Nationals’ control through 2016.

He’ll fill a middle relief role in what is a pretty scary Nationals bullpen.

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.