Brad Ausmus will not return as manager of the detroit tigers after the team did not give him a fresh contract, according to general manager Al Avila. According to Avila, per, Ausmus will finish out the season, the last year of the deal that he signed with the Tigers when he took over as skipper in 2013. Avila said that he personally informed Ausmus about the team’s decision, which he understood. Avila said a change is needed to give the team a fresh start with a fresh leadership. While he supported the move, Avila said he still believes in Ausmus as manager but stressed that he failed to make the necessary adjustments to make the team better.

Tigers plan to rebuild with young players

The Tigers recently traded several veteran players, including ace pitcher Justin Verlander to the Houston Astros, as part of their rebuilding process. The Tigers might focus on developing their young players rather than rely on their veteran roster that helped them win four consecutive American League Central titles. In 2014, Ausmus carried the Tigers to a division crown but fell short of a Wild Card berth last season. Currently, the Tigers have a 62-91 record. Ausmus has a 312-325 record as the Tigers manager in four years. Avila said the team would immediately start the search for Ausmus’ replacement. Avila said the team is not looking for veteran Major League manager, but the replacement needs to have at least a Minor League or Major League coaching experience so “that the person who comes in is well-prepared in that sense.”

Tigers owner committed to keeping team

Chris Ilitch, the new team owner of the Tigers, has committed to keeping the team long-term.

The young Ilitch, who took over from his dad Mike, who passed away in February at age 87. Mike Ilitch served as the Tigers’ owner from 1992 until his death this year. Chris, for his part, has been with the organization for several years, representing the team in owners’ meetings. On Friday, Chris continued his father’s tradition to join the team’s photo.

During an interview with reporters, Chris stressed their vote of confidence on Avila. “I am very confident the Detroit Tigers are on a path to sustainable success," Ilitch said, adding that he’s satisfied with Avila’s decision, including the parting of ways with Ausmus. The young Ilitch also committed to giving Avila all the resources and tools that he and his staff need so the Tigers can compete in the World Series again.