MLB notes: Ausmus rejects interview
By QMI Agency
|Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Brad Ausmus waves after hitting a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the last at-bat of his career during the eighth inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Los Angeles, October 3, 2010. (Reuters/DANNY MOLOSHOK)
Brad Ausmus has interviewed for at least two jobs as a major-league manager since the season ended.
But Ausmus said "no thanks" when asked to talk with the Miami Marlins about their managerial vacancy.
The Marlins had sought permission from the San Diego Padres to speak with Ausmus but were told the former major-league catcher wasn't interested, the Miami Herald reported.
Ausmus, a special assistant to Padres general manager Josh Byrnes, might have had some trepidation about working for Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, who changes managers as frequently as some people change socks.
OK, slight exaggeration.
But the next Miami manager, who replaces the fired Ozzie Guillen, will be the team's fifth since 2010.
Ausmus lost out to John Farrell and Bo Porter, respectively, on jobs with the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros.
Former catcher Mike Redmond, a minor-league manager in the Toronto Blue Jays chain, is considered a front-runner for the Miami job. Cincinnati Reds pitching coach Bryan Price and former major-league player and manager Larry Bowa also are candidates, according to reports.
LOVULLO JOINS SOX
Not only did the Toronto Blue Jays lose manager John Farrell to the Boston Red Sox, but coach Torey Lovullo has high-tailed it, too.
The Red Sox officially announced Friday that Lovullo would serve as bench coach for Farrell.
Farrell, who managed the Jays the past two seasons, took the Boston job earlier this week. Lovullo was his first-base coach in Toronto.
Lovullo, 47, has nine years of minor-league managing experience.
The Chicago White Sox announced Friday the promotion of Rick Hahn to general manager and Ken Williams to executive vice-president.
"Kenny and Rick (promoted from GM and assistant GM respectively) together have worked very successfully over the past 12 seasons, and I am excited to see this dynamic grow and expand as Rick assumes more day-to-day authority and responsibility while Kenny is allowed to focus even more on macro issues, talent evaluation and long-term planning for the organization." White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement ... Dodgers GM Ned Colletti is encouraged by early talks with free-agent pitcher Brandon League, the Los Angeles Times reported. League went 2-1 with a 2.30 earned-run average for the Dodgers after being obtained July 30 in a trade with the Seattle Mariners ... The Nationals and first baseman Adam LaRoche, a pending free agent, are talking contract, the Washington Post reported. "I would like to stick around for a few years," LaRoche, 32, said.