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Braves to release John Danks

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Major League Baseball Trade Rumors is reporting that the Braves are going to release John Danks.

I forgot they even signed the guy, and I root for the dang team.

Danks was on a minor league deal and was not projected to factor into the Braves rotation plans, especially given the signings of R.A. Dickey and Bartolo Colon, who are more likely to more ably fill the “veteran innings eater” role than Danks could’ve. With Julio Teheran, Jaime Garcia and hard-throwing prospect Mike Foltynewicz, there wasn’t any room for the guy.

Danks  struggled in his first four starts with the White Sox this past season before being released in mid-May. He owns a 4.92 ERA in 97 starts since the start of the 2012 season and has been bothered by shoulder issues for years. He says he doesn’t want to pitch in the minors, so it may be a tall order for him to find employment, at least until some pitchers start falling victim to injuries as the season begins.

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.