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Max Scherzer discussed the potential of a long-term contract, Jim Leyland is sad about Jose Valverde's situation, and Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer responds to critics with a rap song. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.
Sorry, Tigers fans, but building a champion is costly
The Detroit News, Terry Foster
This is the price of doing business. If Tiger fans want to play with the big dogs, then they must reach deeper into their pockets. Some Tigers fans are not happy with the recent increase in ticket prices at Comerica Park.
Represented by agent Scott Boras, Max Scherzer acknowledged Thursday that both sides briefly discussed a multi-year contract, but they elected to "hammer out a one-year deal."
More than anything, Leyland remembers when Valverde saved 49 games in 2011.
Early notes: Don’t look for a closer proclamation
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck
Four days into Jim Leyland’s morning press briefings, he has been asked about his closer situation four different times, I believe from four different sets of writers.
Guys that can do what Mike Trout did last year are a rarity at any position. Trout played in 139 games, but he ran the bases, hit for average, hit for power and defended terrifically at a premium position.
Yes, they were invited to spring training
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield
Let's take a quick scroll through the spring training non-roster invitees and point out some of the more interesting names.
Mike Piazza released an autobiography this week, and there wasn't anything especially shocking or revelatory about it.
Well, well, well, this week's Trevor Bauer saga just got a lot more interesting ... and rhymey.