Detroit Tigers Links: Brayan Villarreal shut down until Spring Training & Hall of Fame voting needs to be changed

Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

Brayan Villarreal has an elbow issue that ended his winter ball season, Lynn Henning thinks Rick Porcello will be traded, and the Hall of Fame voting needs to be tweaked (but we knew that already). These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Villarreal shut down from winter ball
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck
For those that missed it, Villarreal has dealt with some elbow issues down in Venezuela this offseason. He should be fine for Spring Training.

Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski blunt: 'You can't have six starters'
The Detroit News, Lynn Henning
This seems more like the Henning that correctly predicted the Curtis Granderson trade rather than the Henning that was preaching doom for the first four months of 2012. Either way, I don't like it.

Detroit Tigers ink Luke Sommer to minor-league contract; Audy Ciriaco signs with Miami Marlins
MLive, James Schmehl
Well, at least I don't have to misspell "Ciriaco" anymore.

Impossible Giancarlo Stanton trade ideas
ESPN SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield
The Tigers are not on this list. Please stop suggesting it, Twitter.

Time to Push the Reset Button
FanGraphs Baseball, Dave Studeman
Suggestion number four: put Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker in the damn Hall of Fame.

Nick Saban uses Mariano Rivera example to motivate Alabama for championship
Big League Stew, David Brown
Judging by the result of last night's football game, maybe Jim Leyland should have used a similar tactic before the World Series last year. Of course, having the college football equivalent of the 2000 New York Yankees' roster helps too.

Free-agent matchmaker: Delmon Young
Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee
A day's worth of humor all in one succinct post.

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