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Detroit exercised its option on manager Alan Trammell's three-year contract, keeping him with the team through the 2006 season. The Tigers went 72-90 last season after losing 119 games in his first year.
"Tram did a fine job managing the club this past season," president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said.
"We are pleased with the leadership he displayed on the field and the job done by him and his coaching staff."
Hired as manager by the Tigers in 2002, Trammell played 20 seasons with the club and batted .285 with 185 home runs and 1,003 RBI. As a player, Trammell helped the Tigers win the 1984 World Series.
INDIANS: Shortstop Omar Vizquel , 37, who will become a free agent next month when the Indians don't pick up his $5 million contract option for 2005, wants to return for a 12th season in Cleveland. General manager Mark Shapiro is targeting a starting pitcher and perhaps a closer before he can even consider offering Vizquel a new deal.
Shapiro called bringing back the widely popular Vizquel "a long shot."
"We're trying to build a championship team, and Omar could be a part of that - could be," Shapiro said Tuesday. "That doesn't mean he has to be. I want Omar back, but I want this team to have the best chance to contend next year from Day 1."
Shapiro met with Vizquel and the shortstop's agent, Adam Katz, on Monday to discuss the possibility of Vizquel's return. No financial parameters were discussed, Shapiro said.
CAMINITI CASE: Former NL most valuable player Ken Caminiti admitted in court Tuesday that he violated his probation by testing positive for cocaine last month, and was sentenced to 180 days in jail.
But Texas District Judge William Harmon gave Caminiti credit for time he already has served in jail and at a treatment facility since he was sentenced to three years' probation for cocaine possession in March 2001.
As a result, Caminiti, who already has spent 189 days behind bars, was expected to be released from jail Tuesday night.
If Caminiti successfully had completed his probation, the conviction would not have appeared on his record. Because he admitted to failing a drug test in September, a guilty verdict was entered in the case.
ROCKIES: Second baseman Aaron Miles had surgery on his right knee to remove a cyst.
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