Report: Brad Ausmus to Be Named Tigers Manager

According to a report from Ken Rosenthal late Saturday night, the Tigers will name Brad Ausmus their new manager to replace Jim Leyland. Ausmus will reportedly finalize the deal with Detroit with an official announcement expected to be made early in the week.

Brad Ausmus spent Friday with the Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer at Wrigley Field interviewing for the Cubs job after talking to the Tigers about their managerial opening on Monday. Ausmus is believed to be the sixth candidate that has interviewed with the Cubs.

The Cubs are believed to have strong interest in Torey Lovullo. The Cubs have not formally spoken with Lovullo about the job but the interview could take place early in the week. The Cubs are expected to name their new manager before the end of the coming week. And at this point, Rick Renteria and Torey Lovullo appear to be on the Cubs’ shortlist.

The Cubs were thought to be high on the potential Brad Ausmus would bring to the team and were willing to look past his lack of managerial experience. Both Torey Lovullo and Rick Renteria have called the shots in the minor leagues and both have ties to Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer.

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  • SuzyS

    So much for thew Tigers hiring an “experienced” manager to ride their horses to the WS.
    For the record, I was hoping he would be the Cubs new manager.
    Between Girardi and Ausmus…I’m 0 for 2 in rooting for a manager…At this point, I’ll stop rooting for any one candidate and await the Cubs decision…whomever that might be.
    I hope they have one by ST…:-)

    • Dorasaga

      They can always hire Mike Quade or Marlon Byrd!

  • Sanibelchuck

    Let’s shake up the city and the league. Let’s bring in Ozzie. Talk about managerial experience; he knows both the American and National League. Plus he speaks Spanish.

    • Sainibelchuck

      He would be like Leo Durocher. You either love him or hate him. Awwww for the good old days when Leo was on the Northside and Eddie Stankey was on the Southside.

      • Ripsnorter1

        At least Leo wanted to win. Santo knocked heads with him
        a few times, but admitted he had to respect the fact that
        Leo was bent on winning.

  • Tony_Hall

    Twitter obviously blew up last night with manager talk. Seems most are convinced Cubs are going to hire Renteria and that most seem to agree that Renteria is the right fit for the Cubs and that Ausmus and Detroit were the right fit.

  • AG Ginn 515

    I don’t understand why Theo and Hoyer aren’t big on Dave Martinez, he does all the sabermetrics work for Maddon, been around a lot of talent built from within. Or even look at Joes Oquendo 3rd base for the Cardinals also does infield for them, and would bring some discipline an intensity. Rick Renteria or Torey Lovullo just have Theo and Hoyer ties which is ok but what if it doesn’t work out like Dale Sveum

    • Tony_Hall

      Maybe it’s because of his past Cubs history or maybe, unlike us, they interviewed him and didn’t find him to be as good as others.

      Nothing is for sure. Ausmus may win a lot of games in Detroit, but there is no guarantee he is a great manager. Time will tell.

      • AG Ginn 515

        Whoever they hire I wonder if they’ll be around in 2016, because lets face it next year will be like this year and I’m ok with that because we will probably get some more prospects for the future around the deadline, 2015 they have to be atleast around the wild card hunt so people don’t freak out. Hopefully a good TV deal comes next year and advertising in the stadium is available so they can make some short term moves in free agency or do trades before some of the prospects are ready.

        • Tony_Hall

          I hope the new TV and radio deals, make it so they can keep their best young players, trade for other teams young players and still only use FA to fill holes as a last resort.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Here’s an interesting read on Jim “Tom” Riggleman and his Reds job prospects. Mr. Walt Jocketty
    must have agreed with the author. They did hire Mr. Price.

    http://www.redreporter.com/2013/10/10/4820710/reds-managerial-search-why-jim-riggleman-wouldnt-be-a-good-fit-for

    The author begs the Reds not to hire this guy, and gives his reasons.
    I don’t like quitters myself: Riggleman, Theo.

    Reds fans voted on what to do with Mr. Jim “Tom” Riggleman. In a moment, the results of that trial.

    What should the Reds do with Jim Riggleman?
    9%Hire him as Manager(27 votes)
    27%Make him a new bench coach(83 votes)
    41%Keep him in Louisville(128 votes)
    23%Feed him to wolves(71 votes)

    I didn’t vote. But if I could….

    • Tony_Hall

      You do know they hired Bryan Price a week and a half ago…

      • Ripsnorter1

        oh yes. I knew that. : )

        • Tony_Hall

          I figured so, just don’t get why you posted an article about someone no one is talking about with the Cubs, about a job that was already filled. What does this have to do with the Cubs?

  • Ripsnorter1

    Tony,

    I have a friend who drives a cab in Chicago. He insists that just last Friday, both Dusty and
    Riggleman showed up to interview with Team Theo. In fact, to save money, they both
    rode in the same cab. There’s your mystery ‘candidate.’ It’s a two headed monster!

    LOL

    (Just pulling your leg, sir).

    • Tony_Hall

      Your friend is delusional.

  • Bryan

    I’m sorry, but I’m just having a tough time seeing the positive on the north side. First, for years we had the chance to land a prominent manager in Girardi, and struck out. We then had a HOF’er in Sandberg, who did nothing but succeed at every level of managing in the system, and we jettison him out because of his ties to Cubs history. Now it seems like we’re going to get yet another “B” level manager….but atleast he’ll speak Spanish, since that’s critical on the Cubs job requirements.
    We have a heavily reduced payroll, reduced attendance, and an owner fighting battles over park advertising and revenue. Let make sure we have our priorities right.
    We have a farm system that is getting better, is being ranked higher by the media experts, and has posters here going ga-ga. Well, until we see one of these so-called prospects actually perform on a field called Wrigley, v. AA, they are indeed nothing but prospects. These youngsters need to stay healthy (no guarantee), need to mentally mature (no guarantee), and need to be managed effectively (certainly no guarantee). So we tolerate another crap season in 2014 for the “hopes” of 2015. And even if any of these position players make it to Wrigley, who do we think is going to pitch the ball?
    I look at the Red Sox (and Cardinals) and see teams that won with good (but not exceptional talent), had wonderful team chemistry (and the will to win), and had sound managers/coaches. It just seems like the Cubs have a long way to go to compete…on so many fronts.

    • Tony_Hall

      Don’t all managers start as B level managers?

      Where have you seen that speaking spanish is the critical job requirement?

      You are praising the Red Sox and Cardinals, rightfully so, but the Cardinals are the perfect example of using their farm system to build their team with all those prospects. The Cardinals sound manager was also a B level manager if you can even call him that, as he had zero experience managing.

    • SuzyS

      Bryan, When Rickett’s first took over…he publicly stated that he was going to grow the team through the minor league system.
      At that point, I knew what he meant…and cringed. He also said he would make the Cubs a World Class organization able to compete year in, year out….and bring the World Series to Chicago.
      We’re deep in the midst of that process…right now….probably in the deepest part of it…because the tear down has been completed…and the build-up has barely begun.
      Everything you say is pretty much true…but like anything else…the glass is half full or half empty…Facts are Facts…but the attitude in which we interpret the facts often times make the difference between success and failure.
      I choose to believe in the rebuild…and put a positive spin on it…it’s just too easy to go the other way…and not see the tremendous progress this organization has made in the last few years.

      I believe that progress will increase exponentially as it builds speed to the positive side of things.

      • Bryan

        I truly hope you’re correct.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      HOF players usually don’t make good managers. At least not in MLB.

      • cubtex

        How many HOF players managed? Can you name 5? I know Ted Williams managed a couple of years and won manager of year 1 year. Any one else you can think of?

        • TheWrongGuy

          Sandberg =)
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          Sorry I couldn’t resist.

          • cubtex

            of course. I was thinking over the past 50 or so years.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            Eddie Matthews, Tony Perez, Larry Doby, Bob Lemon, Yogi Berra, Walter Johnson…

          • TheWrongGuy

            BRAVO!

          • John_CC

            Google!

        • John_CC

          I think that is point.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            LOL! Well of course I shouldn’t take all the credit as if I had those names in my head. I remembered Ted Williams, Yogi Berra and Tony Perez off the top of my head and googled the rest.

            There is a local radio broadcaster in OKC named Jim Traber. Some of you may remember his brief career with the Orioles and as a color man for the D’Backs. Anyway, he played for Frank Robinson and he has spoken many times about how he was a great guy but not a real good coach. He just couldn’t teach hitting to players because he didn’t understand players that couldn’t just square up and kill the ball as he had. To him he was like “C’mon, just hit the dang thing, it’s easy!”

            Anyway, not saying any other HOF’er type player would be that way. Obiously Joe Torre had over 2K hits and was a great manager. But those players are the exception not the rule. Usually great coaches are guys like Tito Francona that were the 25th guy on the roster.

            I’m not saying Sandberg won’t be a great coach and everytime the Phillies play a team other than the Cubs I will cheer for them. But history says he won’t relate to a struggling player. He could be an exception because I know he worked very hard. But so many on this site just assume he’ll be the next Manager of the Year and boss that takes his team to the pennant. We love the guy and we hope so, but he is not any more qualified than Sveum was or Quade for that matter. Quade was a pretty successful AAA manager, similar Ryno. Many others were successful in the minors but didn’t go on to success as skippers in MLB. We cannot annoint him the second coming of Casey Stengel and we can’t crucify the FO for having gone through a process and while having all the facts making a different choice.

  • cubtex

    Again. Can’t blame Ausmus….just like you can’t blame Girardi. Much better jobs and can compete right away. Nobody knows if Ausmus will be a good manager…but he does have one hell of an impressive resume. Let’s face it folks. Cubs managerial job is not that appealing of a job. That is why you see others taking other jobs. Rick Renteria seems like the guy to me. He interviewed for other jobs but will settle for the Cubs when it is all said and done.

    • Tony_Hall

      Ausmus took the job he was offered.

      • cubtex

        Understood…but you and I don’t know if he could have had the Cubs job after his interview. If you interviewed with 2 companies and one company offered you a job…..but the other company(who you really want to work at didn’t yet) would you not make a phone call to them to let them know? If Ausmus really preferred the Cubs job….I know I would have done that. The point is…..no way is the Cubs job better than the Tigers job.

        • Tony_Hall

          From everything I am reading, he was not offered the Cubs job. And any 1st time manager would pick a team ready to win over a team still rebuilding. Look at how so many people view poorly a manager, based on their W/L record even though they were with bad teams. He gets to have a good W/L record for sure, but it also puts the microscope on his managerial moves as when the team has a losing streak, all the moves he makes will be looked at much closer.

          • cubtex

            not just 1st time manager….any manager. who would rather manage a rebuilding team as opposed to a playoff team?

          • Tony_Hall

            Not necessarily. Someone who has managed before (and been fired obviously), wants to find the right fit and a place they can stay long term. They may prefer a team that is rebuilding and going with the farm system and wants to go somewhere to stay for awhile, knowing the talent level that is coming up, and starting to come up this season. Especially a team that is in a big market and will have the resources to spend money when the time is right.

            I am not saying that the majority wouldn’t pick the team ready to win this year, but I don’t believe all would. This is why all managers are not a fit for all teams.

        • Tony_Hall

          You should also love to hear that it is being reported that the Cubs plan to increase their payroll by $25-$35M, to put it in the $120M range. Doesn’t mean they will spend it just to spend, but it is available.

          • cubtex

            I hope it is not spent on Ellsbury. Even though I don’t want to do it…..I think moving Castro makes the most sense. They have Baez on the fast track to replace him and this team needs so much. Trade Castro and Shark this offseason and try and build that starting rotation. They have zero top of the rotation starters now. Maybe you can get 2 future ones by trading Castro and Shark.

          • Tony_Hall

            I just don’t get how you don’t want Ellsbury yet wanted Bourn. Ellsbury is a similar style player that is just plain better. I don’t want him bad enough to pay $150M contract for him that is for sure.

            Trading Castro makes sense if they can get a couple of good young arms (I will take 2 of the Cardinals young arms that was just talked about). I think we will see at least one if not 2 big trades this off-season.

          • cubtex

            Ellsbury is a slap hitter now and isn’t the defensive CF that Bourn is. My main argument with wanting Bourn was that he signed such a reasonable contract. Ellsbury will probably get a boatload more and he is so fragile. He will see plenty of DL time and he will regress quickly as he ages(imo)

          • Tony_Hall

            I think Cleveland fans will soon be disagreeing (if not already) that he has a reasonable contract, but I agree Ellsbury is going to get a lot more money

          • cubtex

            13.5 next year and 14 mil for the next 2 after that? I will take that deal for Bourn right now(even after his down year this year)

          • Tony_Hall

            Let’s look at his whole contract.

            2014 – $13.5M
            2015 – $13.5M
            2016 – $14.0M
            2017 – $12.0M (needs 550 PA’s in 2016 to vest this option)

            That is $53M over the next 4 years to a guy whose game is based on his legs, who just finished the year with a pulled hamstring.

            Just read a report that was saying how much would it decrease his value if he lost a step or two after this hamstring injury and the answer was – “More of a concern to me, however, was Bourn’s inability to steal bases last year when he was healthy. He said he was adjusting to life in the America League, but people in Atlanta had the same concerns about him in 2012.Bourn still has great range in center field and can go from first to third and second to home with ease, but his low on base percentage (.316) and his reluctance to steal indicate the Indians didn’t sign the same player, who led the National League in steals from 2009 through 2011.”

          • cubtex

            He only made 7 mil this year so you should include that.
            I think he played hurt a lot this year and if I am not mistaken took some time off for some personal issues.
            Look at his offensive splits.
            Better this year vs LHP than RHP(that is encouraging moving forward)
            Hit better on the road than at home(that is encouraging moving forward)
            Hit great with RISP(he would have led the Cubs) Hit over .300 with RISP with a .375 OBP. He also drove in 50 RBI from the leadoff spot. I would take those 3 GUARANTEED years at 13.5 and 14 mil. He would have filled that huge hole at leadoff for the Cubs and CF until Almora or someone else finally arrives.

          • Tony_Hall

            LOL, you sound like one of us Cubbie blue optimistic guys when you talk about non-Cub players.

            When I look at contracts, I look at what’s left. Front loaded is always better, then back-loading deals.

          • cubtex

            Now if you are telling me that if I had a chance to have Ellsbury or Bourn at the same salary. 13.5 and 14 mil on a 3 year deal. I would take Ellsbury. Frontloaded to me isn’t any better. The Edwin Jackson deal sucks no matter how you slice it.

          • Tony_Hall

            Front loaded is better, because you are not overspending by using future dollars to pay for this years team.

            Nice to hear you say Ellsbury is better than Bourn.

            Bourn has 4 years left avg $13.25M. The vesting option is too easy for him to reach, unless he gets hurt. I would take Ellsbury at that easily.

          • cubtex

            again. 4 years at 53 mil for Bourn. 4 years at 90 mil or more for Ellsbury? No brainer! 4 years at 53 mil for Ellsbury. OK

          • Tony_Hall

            Ellsbury won’t be getting $22.5M AAV. The talk of $150M is way overblown. Someone may throw out 6 or 7 years, or something ridiculous like that but even then he won’t get to $150M.

          • cubtex

            that is why I do not want Ellsbury and Bourn would have been a better fit.

          • TheWrongGuy

            I don’t want either one of them.
            CF in Wrigley Field is easy to play in comparison to the rest of the league. They are both on their down years, so trading them when Almora/Soler/Bryant are ready will be a problem. Also it is obvious that this front office has already looked into this option as they were interested in Bourn this last off-season. They instead stayed on course as they are and bought a FA pitcher and traded at the deadline instead. All in all pitching is worth WAY more than ANY CF/leadoff hitter. My opinion of course.
            There again in the Cubs line-up ANY hitting is a welcome site.

          • cubtex

            I just hope they don’t do something stupid like sign Ellsbury for 5 years at 90 mil or so. He is so fragile and DL prone. They don’t need him and another stupid contract like EJax. As you said…PITCHING. I would rather gamble on Ubaldo Jiminez at 11 or 12 mil per year for 4 years.

          • TheWrongGuy

            Agree’d but trade Shark 1st this off-season then hit the FA market.

          • Tony_Hall

            Neither are a good fit, but we may get end up with Ellsbury, but I doubt it.

          • TheWrongGuy

            Shark is their biggest trade piece right now.
            Castro maybe at the trade deadline, or keep him if he regains a love for baseball and not for $$$.
            Shark should net a AAA starting pitcher and a A+ high profile starter now easily. So I would deal him now so as to begin the the new year with a better feel for everything.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I hope everyone understands on what I say about this managers search process……
    For those who trust what I say is the Gospel ….thank you….
    For those who mock me……well, we know who you are….and you never bring anything to the table when we discuss the Cubs.

    • Tony_Hall

      I don’t think anyone takes what you say as Gospel.

  • Tony_Hall

    Giancarlo Stanton is not available for trade. They plan to build around him.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Old news….move on.

      • Tony_Hall

        Old news, it was just talked about this morning.

        • CubbyDenCritic

          It was talked about this past summer…….your watch was never set back.

          • Tony_Hall

            It has been talked about forever, a Marlins official just talked about it again. Until he is traded, they will have to keep talking about it, as they have yet to keep any good young players around long term.

        • TheWrongGuy

          Miami has been chirping that Stanton isn’t available for at least a year now.

          • cubtex

            Could see Boston making a run at him this offseason. Heard that talked about. He would be a great fit there and the Red Sox have the prospects to deal for him.

          • TheWrongGuy

            He’s from California(Stanton).
            And Miami will ask for the FARM for him. I don’t see anyone getting him. He will be in Miami till he’s a free agent.

          • cubtex

            Never rule out anything when it comes to Miami :) It wouldn’t shock me. If Boston lets Ellsbury walk(which I see them doing) they can move Victorino to CF and plug Stanton in RF. Never say never.

          • TheWrongGuy

            Never was not typed in my post. I just don’t see Boston or any other club making a deal for Stanton as much as Miami is asking for.

          • cubtex

            I said never rule out anything when it comes to Miami. Didn’t say or imply that you did.

    • TheWrongGuy

      DUH!!!!

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Dan Jennings was on XM this morning and briefly discussed Stanton and reiterated what Tony posted. There will continue to be rumblings and rumors about the Marlins moving Stanton as long as their current business model and ownership is in place.

        • cubtex

          yep. It is Miami.

        • TheWrongGuy

          Agree’d and understood.
          It’s just that I feel it is very obvious that if a team wanted him bad enough a deal would have been done already.
          He, Stanton, has already stated his dislike of the Marlins ownership. The Marlins ownership has stated that they are “building” a team around him, Stanton. This has been going on for over a year now since the Marlins last fire sale. He is still a Marlin. In my opinion he will remain a Marlin till he is a free agent.

          • CubbyDenCritic

            Even though most is correct on what you say, the Marlins will deal him before he hits free agency,,,,,,,Stanton is a California guy

          • TheWrongGuy

            Maybe and at best they will trade him during the 2016 or after the 2015 season. Right before he hit free agency.

        • Tony_Hall
    • Eugene Debs

      Yeah, the Marlins have always been real up front about their roster.

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  • CubbyDenCritic

    This manages process is not looking for Team Theo………what if, and I believe it will happen, we are like this again after 2015 season?………..there will be even more pressure put on the next manager then any previous Cubs manager……….with Baez, Almora, Bryant and Soler coming up, fans will expect lasoon……..what if this team is still under 500 after 2015 season?……..will Theo spend money on big time Free Agents or change managers?……….this game is all about Pitching………..and we don’t have any yet.

  • Eugene Debs

    In Theo we trust, right?