Detroit Tigers Bring Back Leyland, Peralta, Dotel for 2013 Season
The Detroit Tigers wasted little time in announcing that manager Jim Leyland will be back for the 2013 season, his eighth with the team. Leyland has made it clear that he wanted to continue managing, but only with the Tigers.
Leyland is the longest tenured manager in the major leagues, with 21 seasons, and has the most wins of any active manager. He is 607-528 with Detroit, and has lead the Tigers to three postseason berths including World Series appearances in 2006 and 2012.
In addition to Leyland’s return, the Tiger coaching staff will also be returning for next season, with a good chance that some of their duties may change.
The Tigers also exercised their options on reliever Octavio Dotel and shortstop Jhonny Peralta for 2013.
Detroit does not plan to re-sign closer Jose Valverde or outfielder/designated hitter Delmon Young. Victor Martinez, who was sidelined for the 2012 season with knee problems is expected to return to take over the DH role in 2013.
Tiger General Manager Dave Dombrowski will probably make some moves during the offseason to try to plug some of the holes this team has.
The Tiger season ended on a disappointing note, but only two teams made it to the World Series and Detroit was one of them. Everybody else would love to trade places with the Tigers for the chance to play on baseball’s biggest stage. The tricky part will be to get back there and win it all.