Detroit Tigers Links: Brad Ausmus hints toward starting lineup & the worst offseason transactions

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Brad Ausmus hints toward an opening day starting lineup, Alex Avila has missed two workouts because of back spasms, and FanGraphs lists the worst offseason transactions of 2014.

Tigers links:

Five Tigers hitters who need better stroke of fortune in 2014
The Detroit News, Lynn Henning

Another factor should be bounce-back seasons for some players who stand to better their 2013 report cards.

Alex Avila misses second day of workouts with back spasms; Bruce Rondon throws live BP, Chris Iott

Justin Verlander is scheduled to throw live batting practice Monday for the first time this spring. Duane Below is slated to throw a "light" bullpen session.

Brad Ausmus gives hints on Detroit Tigers batting lineup: Miguel Cabrera will hit third, Victor Martinez fourth
Detroit Free Press, Dick Scanlon

Miguel Cabrera will bat third and Victor Martinez, who batted fifth last season behind Prince Fielder, will move up to fourth.

Venezuelan Tigers send message of support back home
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck

On Tuesday, the message of support out of Tigers camp for the Venezuelan people came from AL MVP Miguel Cabrera and future Hall of Famer Omar Vizquel.

30 Tigers in 30 Days: #4 – Nick Castellanos
Walkoff Woodward, Grey Papke

Nick Castellanos is one of the most important players on the 2014 Tigers, and also one of the great unknowns.

What is the Tigers Best Line-up?
Tiger Tales, Lee Panas

Using the Steamer projections, I plugged OBP and SLG for the nine Tigers starters into the line-up analyzer.

Just Say No: Trades and Player Moves the Detroit Tigers Shouldn't Have
Made Motor City Bengals, Michael Emmerich

Last week I dug into the Baseball Reference archives in search of the most favorably lopsided trades in Tigers history.

Elsewhere in baseball:

The Worst Transactions of the 2014 Off-Season
FanGraphs Baseball, Dave Cameron

Today, we’ll look at the other side, and cover the 10 moves that most made me scratch my head.

Today in weird news: A fan mailed Cliff Lee fingernail clippings
HardballTalk, Bill Baei

I’m not sure my reaction to this has an official onomatopoeia.

Spring training Q&A crossword puzzle
SweetSpot Blog, Diane Firstman

Baseball is back. Pitchers, catchers and their teammates have gathered in Florida and Arizona. To celebrate the return of our beloved pastime, I offer you this "spring training"-themed crossword puzzle for you to enjoy.

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