Detroit Tigers Links: Alex Rodriguez reportedly not retiring & where Avisail Garcia fits in


Alex Rodriguez is reportedly not retiring, Avisail Garcia may be left out in left field, and the over/under on Justin Verlander's ERA. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Happy February, everyone! Pitchers and catchers report in 11 days!

Tigers' Avisail Garcia might be left out in left field
The Detroit News, Tom Gage

'I'll put that one as an 'I don't know,'' manager Jim Leyland said about Garcia's status in 2013. Leyland makes it clear, though, that he thinks Garcia would be better served by playing full time in the minors this season.

Nick Castellanos, Bruce Rondon only Detroit Tigers prospects listed among MLB's Top 100 list, Josh Slagter

Castellanos is likely to being the season with Triple-A Toledo, while Rondon is penciled in as the Tigers' closer.

Rick and Drew II: Electric Boogaloo
Walkoff Woodward, Alexandra Simon

There has been a fair amount of talk throughout the off season among beat writers, bloggers and fans alike regarding Rick Porcello, and what the Tigers ought to do with the right-handed sinkerballer.

Over/under: Justin Verlander's ERA
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield

Justin Verlander in 2011: 24-5, 2.40 ERA, 250 K's, 8.3 WAR Verlander in 2012: 17-8, 2.64 ERA, 239 K's, 7.6 WAR

Big-Name Relievers Still Available
Motor City Bengals, Garret Craig

Former Detroit Tiger Jose Valverde is on a long list of relief pitchers left unsigned with merely a week and a half until spring training reporting begins.

Jered Weaver would support a gay teammate and other musings from the Robert Fick-Dmitri Young vodcast
Big League Stew, David Brown

I didn't listen to this yet. I'm actually terrified.

Mark Grace sentenced to jail in Arizona DUI case

Former Arizona Diamondbacks television analyst Mark Grace has been sentenced to four months in jail under a work-release program.

Breaking: A-Rod not retiring, Brian Cashman pleased with this
HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra

Is anyone really surprised about this?

Let's get binary about the Mitchell Report!
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer

Six years ago, the Mitchell Report associated 89 players with performance-enhancing drugs. Most of those players have been forgotten, but the list will endure forever. Did anything good come out of that?

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