Tigers will bring back Jim Leyland, Dave Dombrowski

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In case there was any doubt, Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press reported Friday that the Tigers will bring back manager Jim Leyland and GM Dave Dombrowski for the 2011 season.

The Tigers were 10 games above .500 at this year’s All-Star break and just one game behind the Twins for first place in the American League Central.  Now they’re two games under .500 with a nine-game deficit in the AL Central and barely a hint of hope of making the postseason.  Still, Tigers owner Mike Ilitch likes what the club has going.

“(This season) is very disappointing, “Ilitch told the Free Press on Friday, “(but) I’m staying
with Dave and I’m staying with our manager. I feel that we’re going to
move forward.”

Seems like the right move.  If Rick Porcello manages to bounce back next season and Miguel Cabrera continues to rake, there’s reason for optimism in Detroit.  Brennan Boesch looks like a nice, young player and 23-year-old Austin Jackson has played admirably in his first big league season.  Of course, there are question marks.  Will Johnny Damon be brought back?  And how about Magglio Ordonez?  It should be an interesting winter.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.