Giants aren’t talking contract extension with Pablo Sandoval

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Via the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Hank Schulman:

The Giants and Pablo Sandoval’s representatives have not had any discussions about a contract extension for the third baseman, and general manager Brian Sabean said the club will hold off “as of now.”

Schulman adds on Twitter that Sandoval and his reps want at least five years and $90 million — which is what Giants outfielder Hunter Pence signed for in late September. San Francisco’s front office isn’t ready to commit that kind of money or contract length to a player like Sandoval, whose numbers (and weight) have been so up and down in recent years.

Sandoval entered camp this spring in improved physical shape and has every reason in the world to keep his weight in check. He’s currently scheduled to hit the free agent market five days after the World Series.

The Giants aren’t ruling out an in-season contract extension for the 27-year-old third baseman.

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.