Jim Leyland has put off contract talks with Tigers, but GM says “we want him back”

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Jim Leyland’s contract is up after the season and not so long ago there was speculation that Detroit may look to replace him, but obviously reaching the World Series has wiped away any chance of the Tigers wanting to get rid of the 67-year-old manager.

General manager Dave Dombrowski made it clear yesterday that he wants Leyland back, telling Jason Beck of MLB.com:

Jim Leyland is welcome back here. He knows that. He’s in a situation where we want him back, and I’m sure that he wants to come back. I would think that would be the way. But there’s a time and a place for that. It’s not right now.

Dombrowski added that waiting to negotiate a new deal “was really [Leyland’s] preference” and “we’ve known each other so long, we’ll get to this when we need to.”

There’s seemingly little chance of Leyland managing elsewhere next season, but Beck wonders if he might decide to retire if the Tigers win the World Series, like Tony La Russa did last year.

Giants sign Austin Jackson to two-year, $6 million contract

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The Giants announced on Monday night the signing of outfielder Austin Jackson. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, it’s a two-year, $6 million deal with performance incentives that allow Jackson to earn up to an additional $2.5 million for a total of $8.5 million.

Jackson, who soon turns 31 years old, spent last season with the Indians. In 318 plate appearances, he hit .318/.387/.482 with seven home runs, 35 RBI, and 46 runs scored.

The Giants have been on the hunt for a center fielder and Jackson addresses that need relatively cheaply. Jackson will join Hunter Pence and newcomer Andrew McCutchen in the outfield.