Ron Gardenhire and the Tigers are wrapping up a contract for the former Twins manager to take over in Detroit, a report in The Athletic says.
Ken Rosenthal cites Major League sources in reporting that the Tigers have decided to go with Gardenhire, who interviewed with the team this week and was also said to be a candidate for the Boston Red Sox job.
Gardenhire, 59, spent 13 years managing the Twins. His 1,068 victories with Minnesota are the second most in franchise history, trailing only Tom Kelly.
Gardy took over when Kelly retired in 2002 and led the Twins to six division titles in nine years. But his teams piled up more than 90 losses in each of the next four years and he was let go after the 2014 season.
If his Detroit deal gets finalized, the Twins will be seeing plenty of Gardenhire next year since teams in the same division normally play each other about 20 times a year.
The Tigers apparently wanted experience
Detroit manager Brad Ausmus was fired after the Tigers – with one of the highest payrolls in baseball – collapsed in mid-summer and finished with the worst record in the American League.
Rosenthal's sources told him experience was a key reason the Tigers settled on Gardenhire, seeing him as a "seasoned, battle-tested option."
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