Nationals, Jordan Zimmermann avoid arbitration with two-year deal

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Dozens of players are agreeing to one-year deals to avoid arbitration, but Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals are among those inking two-year contracts.

Washington has bought out Zimmermann’s final two seasons of arbitration eligibility for $24 million, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. He’ll get $7.5 million this season and $16.5 million in 2015, at which point Zimmermann will be able to hit the open market as a 29-year-old free agent.

Zimmermann is coming off a fantastic season in which he led the NL with 19 wins and threw 213 innings with a 3.25 ERA and 161/40 K/BB ratio. He has a 3.40 career ERA in 113 career starts, including a 3.12 mark in 90 starts since 2011.

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.