A’s offer Macha a deal: The Oakland Athletics offered a new contract to manager Ken Macha, though it’s still unclear whether he will return for a fourth season in 2006. Dave Hudgens won’t return as the Athletics’ hitting coach next season, the club said Monday. No Spin zone in Pittsburgh: Pitching coach Spin Williams is out as Pittsburgh’s pitching coach after being told he would not be part of the Pirates’ major-league staff next season. The other coaches – bench coach Pete Mackanin, hitting coach Gerald Perry, first base coach Rusty Kuntz, third base coach John Russell, bullpen coach Bruce Tanner and infield instructor Alvaro Espinoza – were told the team’s new manager will be allowed to hire his own coaches. Surgical proceedings: Mets closer Braden Looper had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder and is expected to be recovered by spring training. … Minnesota reliever Juan Rincon had surgery to clean up a bone spur in his right elbow. Roster moves: Left-hander John Halama, right-hander Antonio Osuna and catcher Keith Osik were released by Washington, which added three minor-league prospects – infielder Kory Casto, outfielder Frank Diaz and right-hander Armando Galarraga – to their 40-man roster. were promoted. … Infielder Aaron Holbert refused an outright assignment to the minors, choosing instead to leave Cincinnati and become a free agent. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I am driven to move quickly because I think there could be a lot of interest in Jim Leyland,” said Dombrowski, adding his search could end as soon as today. Trammell was fired after three seasons in which he failed to turn around a franchise without a winning record since 1993. Soon after Alan Trammell was fired Monday morning as manager of the Detroit Tigers, Jim Leyland was en route to the Motor City as the leading candidate to replace him. Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski planned to have interviewed Juan Samuel and Bruce Fields – both from Trammell’s staff – before discussing the opening with Leyland about 24 hours after the regular season ended. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The Tigers were 186-300 in three seasons under Trammell. Dombrowski wouldn’t give details when pressed by reporters for reasons he made the decision to fire Trammell. “I did to him, I don’t think I owe it to you,” he said. Leyland, a former Florida, Pittsburgh and Colorado manager, told the Associated Press that the Tigers called him Monday morning to set up an interview with him that evening. “It’s well known that I interviewed with Philadelphia last winter, and I’d like to manage again,” the 60-year-old Leyland said last month. Rangers push Rogers away: Kenny Rogers 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. The team said in a statement Monday that the 40-year-old lefty will not be offered a contract for 2006. He will become a free agent.