Detroit Tigers Links: Miguel Cabrera returns to good health & Derek Jeter's retirement plan

Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Miguel Cabrera returns to good health following his surgery, Bruce Rondon is in the "best shape of his life," and Derek Jeter's retirement plan: classy or classless? Also, Happy Valentine's Day. Baseball and I are very happy to be together on this day of love.

Tigers links:

Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera enjoys return to good health following surgery: 'I feel free'
MLive.com, Chris Iott

Cabrera reported early to spring training to make sure he will be properly prepared for the season following offseason core muscle surgery.

What to watch: 10 big issues facing the new-look Tigers
The Detroit News, Lynn Henning

The Tigers have the platform to win their fourth consecutive AL Central title. They also have enough lineup and roster changes, replete with rookie gambles, to make 2014 a particularly gutsy game-of-chance for Dave Dombrowski and his new manager, Brad Ausmus.

For Tigers' Drew Smyly, return as starter worth the 'weight'
The Detroit News, Tom Gage

With Doug Fister's trade to Washington, an instant vacancy was created in the Tigers' rotation - but just as quickly, it was filled by Smyly, the starter-in-waiting.

Detroit Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon significantly lighter for this spring training
Detroit Free Press, John Lowe

It must be reported that right-handed reliever Bruce Rondon has arrived in Tigers spring training clearly having lost a significant amount of weight since the end of last season.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Derek Jeter's Retirement Plan: Classiest, or Most Classless?
Baseball Prospectus, Ben Lindbergh and Zachary Levine

On Wednesday, Derek Jeter announced that 2014 will be his final season in professional baseball, leaving us with only eight months to contemplate his career and wonder what we'll do without him.

So What Does a Mike Trout Extension Look Like Now?
FanGraphs Baseball, Dave Cameron

Speculating about how much money it would take to sign Mike Trout to a long term deal has become something of a sport unto itself.

Here's video of ex-NBA star Tracy McGrady working out as a pitcher
Big League Stew, Mike Oz

Tracy McGrady, the retired NBA star who is giving baseball a chance, worked out Wednesday for the Sugar Land Skeeters, pitching off a mound and giving us a closer glimpse of what he looks like as a pitcher.

Mariners already having worst spring ever
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield

It's not even March yet! The Mariners' first official workout was today! And yet ... and yet ...

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