Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that Tigers manager Brad Ausmus “appears to be in real jeopardy” of losing his job. The Tigers have lost 11 of their last 13 games and now sit in the AL Central cellar. This comes after four consecutive seasons in which the club won the division.
Heyman adds that people familiar with the Tigers’ situation wonder if “players stopped playing for him”.
The Tigers underwent a front office shift recently, replacing GM Dave Dombrowski with Al Avila. The organization could feel that more change is necessary to steer back in a winning direction.
A rival GM told Heyman that if Ausmus were to hit the open market, “he’d have to wait about eight minutes for another job.” The Phillies and Red Sox are both using interim managers (it’s not known yet if John Farrell will return to the Red Sox in 2016), while the Dodgers and Mariners could have managerial openings after the season.