One day removed from interviewing at Wrigley Field with the Chicago Cubs, Brad Ausmus will be hired by the Detroit Tigers to replace Jim Lelyand as the team’s manager, according to FOX Sports Ken Rosenthal.
Ausmus, 44, interviewed with the Tigers on Monday and was the Cubs sixth known candidate to interview for the vacant managerial job.
Ausmus played for 18 seasons from 1993-2010 with four different teams and won three Gold Glove Awards (2001, 2002, 2006) as the Houston Astros catcher.
Last September, Ausmus managed the Isreal national baseball team to the Qualification Round for the 2013 World Baseball Classic. The team failed to qualify after falling to Spain in the Pool Finals.
Five known candidates remain for the Cubs’ job – Manny Acta, A.J. Hinch, Dave Martinez, Rick Renteria, and Eric Wedge. The Cubs are reportedly interested in Boston Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo but he has not been contacted yet.
The Cubs have not shown interested in McClendon or Wallach.