Former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is hoping to land a new job managing in baseball, MLB reporter Ken Rosenthal said Tuesday on the MLB Network.
"He is eager to work again, right away," Rosenthal said after speaking to Ausmus.
The Phillies are reportedly also interested in talking with him, and the Red Sox -- who fired John Farrell on Wednesday -- could also have interest in Ausmus.
Matthew Cerrone's take on Ausmus (as of Oct. 11)
It was just five years ago that Ausmus was the hot managerial name on everyone's list. In talking to people in positions to hire, he is still well-respected, especially for having handled himself professionally through what was clearly a tumultuous ride in Detroit.
I was told by a former colleague of his that Ausmus has a forward-thinking, analytical mind and he genuinely enjoys collaborating with a team's front office.
Sep 13, 2017; Brad Ausmus (7) stands between home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott (81) and catcher James McCann. Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Basically, Ausmus hits on all of Sandy Alderson's reported criteria for manager. If he's interested, Alderson has to give Ausmus a legit shot at the job.
Who is Brad Ausmus?
Ausmus, 48, went to college at Dartmouth and finished his 18-year playing career ranked third all time with 12,839 putouts. He also won three Gold Gloves, made the All Star team, hit .250 for his career and caught eight postseason series.
In his first stint as a big-league manager, he went 314-332 with the Tigers, going from a first-place finish in his first year to a last-place finish in 2017. The Tigers chose not to bring him back when his contract expired at the end of this past season.
In addition to Ausmus, Sandy Alderson's list of potential candidates reportedly also includes current hitting coach Kevin Long, Yankees manager Joe Girardi, former Mets players Robin Ventura, Joe McEwing, Sandy Alomar Jr., and Alex Cora, Rays 3B coach Charlie Montoyo, and former coaches Bob Geren and Chip Hale >> To learn more about each candidate, click here.