Kirk Gibson as Jim Leyland’s replacement? Diamondbacks say “he’s not going anywhere”

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Jim Leyland stepping down as Tigers manager led to some speculation that Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson could be an option to replace him in Detroit, where the Michigan native played 12 seasons.

However, team chief executive officer Derrick Hall told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that the Diamondbacks likely would not grant Gibson permission to interview with the Tigers, saying: “He’s not going anywhere.”

Gibson has certainly gotten plenty of criticism this season, several members of his coaching staff won’t return for 2014, and Piecoro reports that the Diamondbacks “recently declined contract options that would have locked up Gibson through 2016.”

So now he’s signed for just one more season, but Hall says Gibson “likes it here” and “is a loyal guy.” Of course, it’s probably too soon to know if the Tigers are actually interested in Gibson, which might change the situation quite a bit. They might need some grit in Detroit too, you know.