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Kevin Cash will definitely be back as Rays manager next year

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Kevin Cash will return as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2018.

Cash is under contract for two more seasons after this one, but lately there have been some rumblings, primarily in the fan base, that a change may be in order. Topkin’s column, based on conversations with Rays insiders, seems directly aimed at quieting those rumblings, with quotes from GM Erik Neander talking up how much the organization likes Cash and wants to keep him around.

Cash is 214-244 in his three seasons at the helm. He had never managed before being tapped to replace Joe Maddon after the 2014 season.

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.