Pat Gillick admits that the Phillies won’t contend in 2015 or 2016

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For years the Phillies have claimed that they’re winning now and, dadgummit, if things go just right, they can compete with the Jimmy Rollins/Chase Utley/Ryan Howard core. Team CEO Pat Gillick is not willing to whistle that tune. In fact, he’s pretty darn honest, saying that the Phillies are in rebuild mode, not reload mode:

“I think where we are right now, it’s probably a couple years,” Gillick told CSN’s John Clark in a 1-on-1 interview Thursday. “I wouldn’t think [2015] or [2016,] ’15 or ’16 I don’t think is in the cards. I think somewhere around 2017 or 2018.”

Check out his comments here, in his interview with CSNPhilly.com:

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.