If Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski wanted to make a bold departure from Jim Leyland's eight-year tenure as the team's field manager, mission accomplished.
According to reports, Brad Ausmus will become Detroit's next manager. Adam Spolane of SportsRadio 610 in Houston broke the news. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal later confirmed the report. Ausmus, 44, is currently a special assistant to Padres general manager Josh Byrnes. The former major league catcher had also interviewed for the managerial openings with the Nationals and Cubs.
Ausmus is expected to finalize the deal on Sunday, which makes a formal announcement likely for Monday. Padres bench coach Rick Renteria, Dodgers third-base coach Tim Wallach and Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon also interviewed for the Tigers' opening. Somewhat surprisingly, Dombrowski didn't talk to Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo. But Detroit's GM had clearly already made his decision.