Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta not likely to rejoin their teams following their suspensions

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At least that’s what Pedro Gomez is hearing:

 

If this holds I suppose we can call it the “Melky precedent.” Of course, all bets are off if either the Rangers or Tigers experience an injury to a key player or something.

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.