Detroit Tigers Links: More Rick Porcello trade rumors & Fernando Rodney's 'magic plantain'

Leon Halip

Trade rumors are flying involving Rick Porcello, Bill James says ground-ball pitchers might be overrated, and Bryce Harper gets free Chipotle for a year (I want that life). These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Dave Dombrowski: Tigers 'have not proposed a deal' involving Rick Porcello
The Detroit News, Lynn Henning

Eleven days ahead of a new season, trade talk has heated up, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Thursday.

Report: Tigers offered Rick Porcello to Padres for Huston Street, then Luke Gregerson
Detroit Free Press, Brian Manzullo

If ESPN's Jim Bowden is correct, the Detroit Tigers are apparently shopping right-hander Rick Porcello for a closer candidate.

Reds make mistake, send Chapman to pen
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield

Paul Daugherty of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports the Cincinnati Reds are expected to announce today that Aroldis Chapman will return to the bullpen.

Bryce Harper gets free Chipotle burritos for a year? Wha? How? Man.
HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra

This is officially the most jealous I've ever been in life ever. Ever.

Baseball Jeopardy: Searching for questions
The Hardball Times, Matt Hunter

Questions. They're important. In fact, they're fundamental to sabermetrics and baseball research. They drive analysis, create discussion, and make for entertaining writing.

Bill James on overrating ground-ball pitchers
Baseball Nation

Is Trevor Cahill heading for an injury? Bill James argues that extreme ground-ball pitchers can't be counted on for long.

Fernando Rodney’s ‘magic plantain’ in World Baseball Classic wasn’t shipped special from Dominican Republic
Big League Stew, David Brown

Sorry, I couldn't not link to this. "Plantain" is now one of my Google alerts.

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