Among recently retired players Brad Ausmus has been a popular manager candidate. In the past year along he interviewed to replace Terry Francona with the Red Sox and balked at the chance to interview for the Marlins and Astros openings.
And now he’s in the mix to replace Davey Johnson with the Nationals.
Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Ausmus will interview for the job and the Nationals had to reach out to the Padres to get permission first, because he’s currently a front office assistant in San Diego.
During his 18-year playing career Ausmus was always mentioned as a future manager and at age 44 he’s 26 years younger than Johnson. Obviously the Nationals disappointed this season, but given the talent on their roster it would be a helluva opportunity for a first-time manager.
The Blue Jays have signed outfielder Michael Saunders to a minor-league deal, per a club announcement.
Saunders, of course, played for the Blue Jays in 2015 and 2016, putting up a line of .250/.336/.461 in 594 plate appearances. It was his good play in the first half of 2016, in fact, which earned him an All-Star spot and, presumably, made the Phillies think he was worth the $9 million deal they gave him over the offseason. That didn’t work out, as he hit .205/.257/.360 over 61 games and was released last week.
The Phillies will pay the rest of that $9 million. The Jays will see if he has anything in the tank to help them out.
The Giants have placed closer Mark Melancon on the 10-day disabled list with a right pronator strain.
This is the same injury that sent him to the disabled list last month. He came back from that quickly, but it can’t be great that this is happening again. You have to assume he’ll miss more time given the recurrence of trouble. He’s going to get an MRI too. Sam Dyson is expected to serve as the Giants’ closer while Melancon is sidelined.
Melancon has a 4.35 ERA and 11 saves in 22 appearances this year. He signed a four-year, $62 million deal with San Francisco last December.