Detroit Tigers Links: Delmon Young pleads guilty in New York & Yasmani Grandal suspended for steroid use

Christian Petersen

Delmon Young pleaded guilty to aggravated harassment yesterday, Justin Upton is once again on the trading block, and Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal was suspended for failing a drug test. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Detroit Tigers' Delmon Young pleads guilty to aggravated harassment in New York slur case
MLive
No comment on this, other than I hope Delmon can put it behind him and play well for another team next season.

Detroit Tigers pitcher Bruce Rondon 'a rare talent'
The Detroit News, Lynn Henning
More love for the 2013 Tigers closer.

Let the Justin Upton rumors begin anew
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck
I'll say it once and I'll say it again: I want no part of Justin Upton. Those home/road splits terrify me.

In Which We Review: Alex Avila, Catcher (1.47)
Walkoff Woodward, Josh Worn

"In short: Avila faced much tougher pitching in 2012 than in 2011. One would expect this to average out to about .280, such as one would expect his BABIP to average out to roughly .340, and his standard batting average to even out to about .270."

Detroit Tigers Free Agent Target: Conor Jackson
Motor City Bengals, Chris Hannum
I may profile Jackson later on this offseason, but Chris's take is a great look at one of the cheaper options on the market this winter.

Winter Forecast for teams in American League Central
ESPN Sweetspot Blog, David Schoenfield
The Tigers section isn't anything that we haven't already beaten to death, but it's a nice look at the division overall.

MLB Hot Stove:

Trading Jeremy Hellickson
The Hardball Times, Glenn DuPaul
The idea of trading Hellickson is intriguing, and the parallels between this article and the thought process of trading Rick Porcello are pretty clear.

Mariners could be serious player for Josh Hamilton
HardballTalk, Drew Silva
Something tells me that we're going to see another "mystery team" come out of nowhere and sign Hamilton this offseason.

Reality Check: Jeremy Guthrie
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer
Guthrie wants $11 million per season, which doesn't seem so ridiculous when you look at his numbers with the Kansas City Royals.

Yasmani Grandal suspended for testosterone use
Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk
This is HUGE news. Grandal was expected to be the Salvador Perez of the National League before yesterday's suspension. Not good for the San Diego Padres.

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