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Report: Athletics sign Yusmeiro Petit to two-year, $10 million contract

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Athletics have signed pitcher Yusmeiro Petit to a two-year, $10 million contract with a club option for a third year. He’ll earn $3.5 million in 2018 and $5.5 million in 2019. The club option for 2020 is worth $5.5 million with a $1 million buyout. The deal is pending a physical.

Petit, 33, had a terrific year pitching out of the Angels’ bullpen in 2017. He compiled a 2.76 ERA with a 101/18 K/BB ratio in a league-high 91 1/3 innings. He mostly pitched in the middle innings early in the season, but graduated to higher leverage situations as the year went on and he proved his value.

Petit gives the Athletics some extra muscle in the back of the bullpen behind Blake Treinen, Liam Hendricks, and Ryan Dull. He also has experience starting and could be used out of the rotation in a pinch.

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.