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Phillies interested in Adam Jones

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Jon Heyman reports that the Phillies have shown interest in Orioles outfielder Adam Jones.

Why not? Baltimore is trading everyone else. And, even though Philly needs more help the infield than in the outfield, Jones has at least a little pop and couple help the lineup. He’s hitting .277/.304/.422 with 10 home runs and 38 RBI in 96 games this season, but maybe getting out of he purgatory that is Baltimore will give his bat some new life.

This may just be some random rumor-churning at the moment, as Heyman also says that the Indians have some interest, so who knows.

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.