In the beginning of September, it appeared Brad Ausmus would be out of a job at the end of the season. But that is no longer the case.
On Saturday afternoon, General Manager Alex Avila announced Ausmus would return to the dugout in 2016.
"For the past two months there has been an on-going evaluation of our baseball operations," Avila said in a press release. "On Friday afternoon, I met with manager Brad Ausmus and during our discussion I told him I wanted him to continue as manager of the Tigers in 2016. Brad said he wanted to continue managing the Tigers."
At 72-81, the Tigers have struggled within the American League Central. The expectation before the season was Detroit would compete with the Royals for a division title after winning the AL Central in 2014. However, injuries and inconsistencies have led to a down year. Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez have been sidelined and David Price, Joakim Soria and Yoenis Cespedes were all moved before the trade deadline.
When Dave Dombrowski was dismissed, Ausmus' future with the Tigers appeared unclear. His contract runs through 2016, but Ausmus might receive an extension in the coming days.
Detroit will likely be active this offseason but now will not have to search for a new manager. Ausmus has been linked to several clubs that will be seeking new managers this winter.