Detroit Tigers Links: Jose Valverde reactions & the most valuable pitchers in baseball

Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

The Tigers signed Jose Valverde, people have opinions; who are the most valuable pitchers in baseball; and Bryce Harper's brother is terrifying. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Signing Jose Valverde makes sense for Tigers -- really
Detroit Free Press, Jeff Seidel

Again, I tell you, this is not a panic move. The Tigers have nothing to lose. They should have done this weeks ago.

Bringing back relief pitcher Jose Valverde is no-risk move -- not panic move -- for Detroit Tigers
MLive.com, Chris Iott

Valverde will pitch to a few batters in extended spring training in Lakeland. He might pitch in a game for Single-A Lakeland. Then he will pitch for Triple-A Toledo.

Jose Valverde with desperate Tigers a union of mutual need
The Detroit News, Lynn Henning

The closer-less Tigers signed their former relief maestro to a minor-league audition Thursday a day after watching their idyllic bullpen plan blow to pieces in the ninth inning of Wednesday's unnecessary and disturbing loss to the Twins.

Around the AL Central:

Royals Win 3-1 on Big 5th Inning
Royals Review, Jeff Zimmerman

Pretty much how Dayton drew it up.

Royals 3, White Sox 1: Sox threaten late but can't cross the plate.
South Side Sox

Sox threaten late but can't cross the plate.

Fast Reaction: Twins 8, Tigers 2
Twinkie Town

Twins take the series from the Tigers with a late offensive push and a strong performance from their bullpen.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Currently historic: New season overview
The Hardball Times, Jason Linden

Which players are about to cross important milestones this year?

The most valuable pitchers in baseball
Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee

First off, pretend you're a normal team because pretending you're the Dodgers and saying, "Justin Verlander. Because screw you, rest of the league, that's why" isn't very sporting of you.

This is Bryce Harper’s brother and this is Bryce Harper’s brother’s mustache
Big League Stew, Mike Oz

Oh. My. Word.

It's time for the National League to adopt the designated hitter
ESPN, Christina Kahrl

So here we are: Two days from Ron Blomberg Day, the anniversary of baseball's partial adoption of an overdue innovation, the designated hitter.

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