The Royals are interested in Gio Gonzalez

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The Royals are currently scouring the trade market for starting pitchers and according to Jon Heyman of SI.com, they have expressed interest in Athletics’ left-hander Gio Gonzalez.

We heard late last month that the Marlins discussed a potential deal with the A’s, but balked at the asking price of either Logan Morrison or Mike Stanton.

Heyman notes that Royals prospect outfielder Wil Myers is coveted by others, so he would likely the centerpiece of any deal with Oakland. However, it’s worth noting that the Royals reportedly turned down a deal last month that would have sent Myers and Lorenzo Cain to the Braves for Jair Jurrjens and Martin Prado. Myers, who turns 21 on Saturday, is regarded as one of the best hitting prospects in the game, so the A’s wouldn’t be able to pry him away easily.

Gonzalez, 26, went 16-12 with a 3.12 ERA and 197/91 K/BB ratio over 202 innings with the Royals this season. The southpaw is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter as a Super Two and remains under team control through 2015.

Angels name Brad Ausmus new manager

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Former MLB player and manager Brad Ausmus will manage the Angels in 2019, the team announced Sunday. While no contract terms have been revealed, a formal press conference will be held on Monday at 1:00 PM PDT to introduce the new skipper.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler gave a statement following Ausmus’ hiring:

Ausmus, 49, was also considered for a managerial role with the Reds prior to their hiring of David Bell on Sunday. He’ll replace longtime manager Mike Scioscia, who finished his 19th and final campaign with the club on the last day of the 2018 season.

A former catcher and three-time Gold Glove Award winner, Ausmus capped his 18-year MLB playing career in 2010. He managed the Tigers from 2014 to 2017, during which he guided the club to a 314-332 record and a postseason berth in 2014. After the Tigers declined to offer the skipper an extension in 2018, he was hired as a special assistant to the Angels’ general manager, and remained in that role for the duration of the regular season.