The Tigers and manager Jim Leyland have reached an agreement on a one year contract extension for the 2013 season with the team announcing Tuesday he would be returning for his eighth year with Detroit.
The news came just two days after the Tigers were swept by the San Francisco Giants in the World Series.Leyland’s entire staff was invited back as well. Together they guided the Tigers to their second straight American League Central title this year, making Leyland just the second manager to leadDetroit to three postseason berths. The 67-year-old is the longest-tenured active manager in the majors, having managed 21 seasons in the big leagues.
Meanwhile, Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski yesterday began to lay out the team’s plans for 2013, revealing the club has exercised its contract options on second baseman Jhonny Peralta and reliever Ocatavio Dotel to bring them back for next year. It was also made clear that closer Jose Valverde and outfielder-designated hitter Delmon Young, both free agents, won’t be returning.