Rockies owner says “we won’t trade” Michael Cuddyer

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With the Rockies in third place at 46-50 and Michael Cuddyer having a career-year at age 34 he’d seemingly be a prime trade candidate, but team owner Dick Monfort said there’s “not a chance” the outfielder will be moved.

“Right-handed corner bats are pretty important,” Monfort told Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. “And put into the mix that he has major-league at bats, and he plays first base, too. So no, we won’t trade him.”

Cuddyer is signed for next season at $10.5 million, but his current .960 OPS is 100 points higher than the next-best mark of his 13-year career and 150 points higher than what he did last season in his first year with the Rockies.

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.