"And so it is expected the Tigers will deal Porcello by the end of spring camp. But that supposition comes also with a qualifier. Dave Dombrowski, the Tigers president and general manager, will not swap Porcello for anything less than a handsome package."
Jason Grilli - Exhibit "A" - Don't Overpay for a Closer
Motor City Bengals, Scott Byrne
Still more evidence that relievers are inconsistent and should not be trusted... or signed to multi-year contracts that force you to give up a draft pick.
Robert Fick & Dmitri Young
Yes, this is a podcast from two former Tigers of the Randy Smith era. Yes, it is amazing. And yes, you should expect lots and lots of profanity.
Book review: Trading Bases
The Hardball Times, Chris Jaffe
"As you might gather from the title, Peta, who is a lifelong baseball fan, has spent pretty much his entire life on Wall Street. When a car hit him while he was crossing the street and he was downsized out of his job in early 2011, he decided to spend his recovery time devising a system for betting on baseball games, which he then tried out during the 2011 season. The book is about his experiences."
What if Team USA had lost to the Canucks?
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer
Also: the MLB season would have continued as planned.