Trammell was fired after three seasons in which he failed to turn around a franchise without a winning record since 1993. The Tigers were expected to be close to .500, if not better, but collapsed toward the end of the season and finished 71-91.
"I thought we responded to everything well except for this last month," Trammell said last week. "I think, looking back, it is fair to say that we hit a wall."
The Tigers were 186-300 in three seasons under Trammell. The MVP the 1984 World Series, who had one year left on his contract, did not return a message seeking comment yesterday.
Leyland, 60, a former Florida, Pittsburgh and Colorado manager, told the Associated Press that the Tigers called him yesterday morning to set up an interview with him that evening.
Leyland helped the Marlins win the 1997 World Series - with Dombrowski as general manager - and was a two-time NL Manager of the Year while leading the Pirates. He was 72-90 with the Rockies in 1999, his last season as manager.
* St. Louis Cardinals middle reliever Al Reyes (4-2, 2.15) tore a ligament in his right elbow in the regular-season finale and will require reconstructive surgery, forcing him to miss the playoffs and next season.
* Jim Tracy's tenure as the Los Angeles Dodgers' manager is over, a day after he finished his first losing season in 5 years with the team. The Dodgers announced that Tracy and the team "mutually agreed to part ways."
* Lefthander Kenny Rogers (14-8, 3.46) will not return to the Texas Rangers, who are cutting their ties with the pitcher best remembered this year for throwing a tantrum and shoving two television cameramen. Rogers, 40, will become a free agent. *