Astros designate Brett Wallace for assignment

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To make room for free agent signing Jerome Williams on the 40-man roster the Astros have designated first baseman Brett Wallace for assignment.

Wallace was once a top prospect, but it turned out he couldn’t really play third base defensively and never developed into the impact bat many people pegged him for in the minors. Now he’s a 27-year-old career .242 hitter with 29 homers and a .704 OPS in 311 games, including some ugly K/BB ratios.

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.