Jim Leyland is staying around and will try to become the first Detroit Tigers manager in more than a century to win three American League pennants.
The Tigers announced on Tuesday morning that Leyland has signed a one-year contract for next season.
The club also announced that all six members of Leyland’s coaching staff have been invited back for next season and that Toby Harrah has been invited back as the assistant hitting coach. Harrah joined the team in June, when its offensive struggles had become exasperating. Each big-league club is allowed six coaches. Harrah won’t be formally listed as a coach, but he will put in the same long hours as the rest of the staff.
Detroit Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski met with the media for a season-ending state-of-the-ballclub news conference at Comerica Park and said he doesn’t plan to bring back American League Championship Series MVP Delmon Young nor closer Jose Valverde next season.
He does hope to sign starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez, although he acknowledged that it will be a tough pursuit. He also left open the door to bring back Gerald Laird as the backup catcher.
With Victor Martinez set to be the team’s designated hitter next season, he said there was no role for Young.
Dombrowski said he feels comfortable with Joaquin Benoit, Phil Coke, Octavio Dotel, Brayan Villarreal and Al Alburquerque returning in the Tigers’ bullpen. He also said ‘‘I would not discount Bruce Rondon in the competition for our closer next year.’’
The club earlier in the day announced that it has exercised a $6-million option to bring back shortstop Jhonny Peralta and a $3.5-million option on Dotel.
Peavy gets $29 million deal
Pitcher Jake Peavy and the Chicago White Sox have agreed to a $29 million, two-year contract. The right-hander will receive $14.5 million in each of the next two seasons. Peavy would receive a $15 million option for 2015, depending on innings during the next two years. He went 11-12 with a 3.37 ERA this year.
Chicago also exercised a $9.5 million option on right-hander Gavin Floyd, declined a $10 million option on right-hander Brett Myers and turned down a $13 million option on third baseman Kevin Youkilis.
Around the leagues
The Braves exercised options on catcher Brian McCann, right-hander Tim Hudson and left-hander Paul Maholm. McCann will earn $12 million, Hudson will get $9 million and Maholm $6.5 million. … The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to a three-year deal with closer Brandon League. … The Texas Rangers declined a $9.25 million club option for Scott Feldman and a $1.2 million option for Yoshinori Tateyama, making both right-handers free agents, and reinstated right-hander Neftali Feliz from the 60-day disabled list and purchased the contract of right-hander Justin Miller from Round Rock. … Oakland allowed left-hander Dallas Braden and right-hander Joey Devine to become free agents after they refused minor-league assignments. …Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow and is expected to need six weeks to recover. … The Chicago Cubs hired Vanderbilt assistant Derek Johnson as minor-league pitching coordinator. … Brian Butterfield was hired as third-base coach for the Boston Red Sox.