ESPN.com's Amy Nelson reports that Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski announced Jim Leyland has agreed to manage the team through 2011. Leyland says he's "absolutely flattered" by the deal, which he describes as a "total shock."
The Tigers lead the AL Central with a 35-31 record even though they've had next to no production from Magglio Ordonez, Carlos Guillen (injured) or Gary Sheffield (now on the Mets), three hitters who were expected to contribute.
Leyland has led the Tigers to a 292-260 record over the course of his three and a half years in Detroit. The Tigers won the AL pennant in Leyland's first year, 2006.