Andy Pettitte will not pitch in the World Baseball Classic

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Team USA manager Joe Torre held open a roster spot for Andy Pettitte after the Yankees left-hander indicated he was interested in participating in the World Baseball Classic, but it won’t be happening.

Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that Pettitte turned down his former manager’s offer, writing that “Torre said recently that the Yankees had voiced concerns about Pettitte taking part in the tournament, given the hurler’s recent injury history.”

Not only did Pettitte miss two months with a broken ankle last season, simply by virtue of being 40 years old there’s no reason to tack on any additional innings heading into his 18th season.

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.