Former Pirates GM Dave Littlefield to join the Tigers to replace Mike Russell

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Earlier today, it was announced that top scout Mike Russell left the Tigers to join the Diamondbacks as a special assistant to the senior vice president of baseball operations De Jon Watson. The Tigers have already filled the vacancy, bringing aboard former Pirates GM Dave Littlefield,’s Jason Beck reports.

Littlefield had worked with Tigers president/CEO/GM Dave Dombrowski as the assistant GM with the Marlins between 1999-2001 prior to joining the Pirates. In the six seasons in which he started the year at the helm of the Pirates, the club went a combined 421-549 (.434).