The Tigers will keep Brad Ausmus as manager in 2016

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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.