Rays choose 36-year-old Kevin Cash as their new manager

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Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash is the Rays’ pick to replace Joe Maddon as manager, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

Cash was one of three finalists for the job along with Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu and not-yet-officially-retired player Raul Ibanez, but Ibanez removed himself from consideration due to personal reasons.

Cash is just 36 years old and last played in the majors with the Red Sox in 2010. He was a good-glove, no-hit catcher who logged parts of eight seasons in the big leagues with five different teams, never cracking 200 plate appearances in a season while batting .183 overall.

He retired following the 2011 season and took a scouting job with the Blue Jays before joining manager Terry Francona’s coaching staff in Cleveland for the 2013 season.

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.