Tigers executive VP of baseball operations and general manager Al Avila just announced that Brad Ausmus will stay on as manager in 2016.
The announcement comes as a surprise, as multiple reports earlier this month suggested that Ausmus would be relieved of his duties after the season. However, Avila told Jason Beck of MLB.com that he made the decision to keep Ausmus for 2016 based on the team’s performance down the stretch and the improvement of younger players. He also said that Tigers owner Mike Ilitch left the decision up to him.
Ausmus is in his second season as manager in Detroit. After finishing 90-72 last year, the Tigers have disappointed with a 72-81 record this season. While Ausmus survived this time around, he could be one of the first managers on the chopping block if the club gets off to a slow start in 2016. His contract runs through 2016 with a club option for 2017.
Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun will require back surgery after the season, but he has returned to the starting lineup for tonight’s game against the Cardinals.
Braun has been held out of the starting lineup for the past seven games. He lined out as a pinch-hitter during Friday’s game and apparently felt well enough to return.
It has flown under the radar with the Brewers out of contention, but Braun has enjoyed an excellent season at the plate, batting .287/.359/.502 with 25 home runs, 84 RBI, and 24 stolen bases over 139 games. Surgery isn’t expected to affect his readiness for spring training last year, but a back issue is still a concern for someone who will be going into the first year of a five-year, $105 million extension. Braun turns 32 in November.
Jonathan Lucroy is also back in the Brewers’ lineup this evening. He suffered a concussion earlier this month, but has come off the bench in the past two games.
FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal hears that we can add another name to the long list of candidates under consideration for a top front office job with the Angels…
Byrnes has previously been the general manager with the Diamondbacks and Padres. He was hired as part of the Dodgers’ new front office last November.
According to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, the Angels are also considering Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler, Blue Jays assistant GM Tony LaCava and Indians VP of player personnel Ross Atkins as well as internal candidates Hal Morris, Matt Klentak and Scott Servais. Mike Hazen was interviewed before being hired as Red Sox general manager this week. Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels would prefer to hire one executive as opposed to bringing aboard both a new general manager and another front office executive like a team president.
Bill Stoneman has been serving as general manager since Jerry DiPoto resigned back on July 1.