Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/8/14

LAKELAND, FL - FEBRUARY 21: (EDITOR'S NOTE: IMAGES HAVE BEEN DIGITALLY DESATURATED) Manager, Jim Leyland #10 of the Detroit Tigers poses for a portrait during Photo Day on February 21, 2009 at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Jim Leyland confirmed today on Detroit Sports 105.1 that he will be a special assistant to Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski heading into the 2014 season. Leyland, who managed the Tigers from 2006-13, said as he stepped down last fall that he would stick with the team in an undetermined role. Today, he told Drew Lane on 105.1 FM: “I’m going to do whatever (Dombrowski) wants me to do.” Among the duties Leyland said he would tackle: ■ He will be at spring training games at the beginning of March to help evaluate the team. ■ He said he won’t be as “active” with the club during the season as he was as manager, but that at times he would be “in a booth somewhere watching the team” with Dombrowski. ■ He’ll look at the minor-league teams and possibly make trips around the Grapefruit League. ■ In case Dombrowski has a trade brewing, Leyland said he may be tasked to look at a player.
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