B.J. Upton signs a five-year deal with the Atlanta Braves, multiple teams are reportedly interested in Brennan Boesch, and Barry Bonds' Hall of Fame chances. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.
"Torii Hunter’s two-year, $26 million contract is actually slightly backloaded. He’ll make $12 million in 2013, then $14 million in 2014. He’ll get a $100,000 bonus each for an All-Star selection, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, LCS or World Series MVP."
Tigers need a closer, but not one as expensive as Rafael Soriano
The Detroit News, Tony Paul
File this one under "duh," but it's worth repeating. There is no need for Soriano when there are options on the market that won't cost the Tigers their first round pick (not to mention the salary).
Tigers TV revenue and payroll sustainability
Eye On the Tigers
"Now how about 2013...their payroll currently stands at $143 million. That would give them a total cost to operate of $240 million this year. That is probably very close to the amount they made last year in revenue."
Elsewhere in Baseball:
Atlanta Braves Sign Free Agent Outfielder B.J. Upton
Honestly, that's not a terrible price for a guy in Upton who could still break out in a big way. Getting out of Tampa might make a huge difference for him.
Barry Bonds on Hall chances: People ‘want to be angry at you forever … What am I doing wrong?’
Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
He won't get in this year, but he should. Bonds is the best baseball player we have seen in 30+ years.
Wil Myers and the Trap of Filling a Need
FanGraphs Baseball, Dave Cameron
Take this entire article and replace "Will Myers" with "Rick Porcello." This is my opinion on the Tigers offseason. (Oh, and an excellent take by Cameron of the whole Myers-Royals situation)
Royals "Calling Everyone" To Trade Hochevar & Chen
MLB Trade Rumors, Mike Axisa
YES PLEASE GET BRUCE CHEN OUT OF THE DIVISION