Sergio Romo is talking to the Giants and the Tigers


Now that most of the big free agent relievers are off the market Sergio Romo should emerge as a popular target.

According to Ken Rosenthal of the 31-year-old right-hander “has been in talks with” his old team, the Giants, as well as the Tigers.

Romo’s lack of durability and reliance on a slider makes him a riskier-than-usual reliever and his ERA has risen from 1.79 in 2012 to 2.54 in 2013 to 3.72 in 2014.

However, he posted a strong 59/12 K/BB ratio in 58 innings this year and finished the season by allowing just two runs in his final 23 appearances along with a 23/3 K/BB ratio.

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

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.