Now, the deal is done - Jim Leyland is the Florida Marlins' manager.

Leyland, baseball's hottest free agent, ended a week of furious courting by four teams by deciding today to manage the Marlins, The Associated Press has learned.Leyland, the two-time NL manager of the year with the Pittsburgh Pirates, could not be reached for comment. He was en route to Miami for a news conference later today.

Leyland gets a new contract believed to be worth about $1.5 million a season, or the same as his longtime friend, St. Louis manager Tony La Russa, currently the majors' top-paid manager.

The Marlins get the most coveted manager in the market, one they courted along with the Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox and California Angels. He eliminated the Angels from contention on Wednesday despite an enticing offer worth as much as $8 million over four seasons.

Leyland called all three teams this morning to tell them the news before heading to the airport.

In Miami, he replaces manager John Boles, who will return to his former position of vice president of player development.