Jordan Zimmermann

Brad Ausmus returning as Detroit Tigers' manager in 2017

The Detroit Tigers weren't about to make a change for the sake of change.

Brad Ausmus will return next year for a fourth season as Detroit's manager after the team announced Wednesday it was exercising the 2017 option on his contract. The Tigers were eliminated from playoff contention Sunday, but a 12-game improvement from 2015 was enough for Ausmus to keep his job.

"I think the team is prepped to compete and improve going forward, and I think Brad had a big part in that," general manager Al Avila said.

Ausmus is 250-234 in Detroit and the Tigers have finished first, last and second in the AL Central during his tenure. He took over after the 2013 season,...