Jeff Francis accepts Rockies’ assignment to Triple-A

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In adding Roy Oswalt to the rotation ahead of tonight’s start the Rockies demoted Jeff Francis to Triple-A. Because he’s a veteran Francis had the ability to reject the assignment and become a free agent, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the left-hander has decided to remain with the Rockies in the minors.

Francis has been terrible in his second go-around with the Rockies, which began last season, starting 35 games with a 5.89 ERA while allowing opponents to hit .311 with a .510 slugging percentage. His odds of finding another big-league deal were non-existent and betting on the Rockies go give him another chance seems like a smart move.

Since posting a 17-9 record as a 26-year-old in 2007 he’s gone 22-44 with a 5.19 ERA in 596 innings.

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.