Jim Leyland is stepping down after serving eight years as the Detroit Tigers‘ manager.
This announcement may sound like a minor deal since Leyland is turning 69 years old in December, yet this move leaves a huge void at the top of the Tigers’ organization, nonetheless. Not to mention, Detroit has been excellent ever since Leyland took the helm as the Tigers have won three straight AL Central titles. Moreover, it’s not going to be easy for the Motor City to rebound after having such an MLB icon leave the franchise.
Unfortunately, Leyland’s decision to step down marks the beginning of an off-season full of tough decisions for the Tigers. One of which is whether or not Detroit will trade Cy Young-winning pitcher Max Scherzer. Many would call it crazy to deal Scherzer after having such a phenomenal 2013 campaign, but Scherzer is a free agent after the 2014 season, which means his contract for next year will be decided by an arbitration hearing and it’s not going to be cheap.