Jim Leyland insisted throughout the latter part of the season that there would be a time and a place to discuss his managing future.
That moment came Tuesday – when the Detroit Tigers announced Leyland would be back in 2013 with a one-year contract extension.
“I really don’t know why this is such a shock to everybody, because we told everybody that we weren’t going to talk about this until after the season,” Leyland said. “It’s not even 48 hours and it’s done. I think it was pretty much exactly like we had planned it.”
Leyland, 67, leads all active managers with 1,676 wins, a total that puts him 15th on the career list. Next season will be his 22nd as a major league manager and his eighth in Detroit. He’s led the Tigers to the postseason three times and the World Series twice.
PEAVY, WHITE SOX AGREE TO NEW DEAL
Pitcher Jake Peavy and the Chicago White Sox agreed Tuesday 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.
Peavy’s previous deal included a $22 million option for next season with a $4 million buyout. The buyout will be paid in equal installments from 2016-19.
The 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner went 11-12 with a 3.37 ERA in 32 starts this year after three injury-riddled seasons and helped the White Sox finish second in the AL Central.
RANGERS ALTER PARK
The Texas Rangers are making $12 million worth of changes to Rangers Ballpark for the third offseason in a row, this time adding a row of seats behind home plate and increasing the size of the dugouts.
Along the extra seats and dugout space, extensive renovations will be made the private club and concessions areas behind home plate. There will be a new retail store and new concession stands on the main concourse.
Demolition work began last week, and the projects are scheduled to be completed before the 2013 home opener April 5 against the Los Angeles Angels.
The Braves exercised options on catcher Brian McCann, right-hander Tim Hudson and left-hander Paul Maholm. McCann will earn $12 million and Maholm $6.5 million next year instead of taking $500,000 buyouts; Hudson will earn $9 million instead of a $1 million buyout. … The Cubs have hired Vanderbilt assistant Derek Johnson as their minor league pitching coordinator. … The Rangers declined a $9.25 million club option for Scott Feldman and a $1.2 million option for Yoshinori Tateyama on Tuesday, making both right-handers free agents. Also, Texas reinstated right-hander Neftali Feliz from the 60-day disabled list and purchased the contract of right-hander Justin Miller from Triple-A Round Rock. … Brian Butterfield has been hired as third-base coach for the Red Sox. … The Blue Jays said Tuesday that left-hander Ricky Romero had surgery to clean out his left elbow and will need six weeks to recover. … Athletics pitchers Dallas Braden and Joey Devine cleared outright waivers and will become free agents rather than accept assignments to Triple-A Sacramento.