He said the Halos intend to be active in the free agent market for top-end starting pitchers - and everyone knows the biggest prize in that market is Gerrit Cole, the Orange County native who grew up an ardent Angels fan.
"I have a contract," Ausmus said. "That's the only thing I know. ... To be honest with you, I've learned to shrug those things off. There was a point in 2015 in Detroit, my second year there, it came out I was being fired, and (I) was there two more years. You learn to take it with a grain of salt. Those types of decisions are not in my control, so I don't worry too much about them."