Red Sox interested in veteran left-hander Brian Fuentes

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Last week the Red Sox non-tendered Hideki Okajima and Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports that they may look to replace him as the left-handed setup man with Brian Fuentes.

Fuentes pitched well for the Twins after coming over in an August 27 trade with the Angels, but Minnesota is not expected to make a push to re-sign him in part because the longtime closer was said to be seeking another crack at ninth-inning duties.

He wouldn’t be in the mix for saves in Boston, but perhaps Fuentes has found a lack of interest in him as a closer. For instance, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that the Diamondbacks are not in the mix for Fuentes and Arizona is among the teams mentioned as being in the market for a closer.

Fuentes had a 2.81 ERA and 47/20 K/BB ratio in 48 innings between the Angels and Twins this year and the 35-year-old southpaw has the sixth-best career ERA among all active relievers with at least 500 innings.

Brad Ausmus interviewing for Astros manager job

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I did the Handsome Managers list in December. Thought I had moved on. Thought I’d never have to think about him again. But here is, walking right back in my door: Brad Ausmus is interviewing for the vacant Astros manager job. So reports Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.

Ausmus played for the Astros longer than he played for any other team in the bigs, notching ten years of service in two stints and playing on the 2005 NL Pennant-winning club. As a manager, you know, that he led the Tigers for four seasons and was the Angels’ skipper last year.

Houston has already interviewed Dusty Baker for the job. They’ll presumably want someone in place before spring training begins in a few weeks.