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Detroit Tigers Links: Jose Valverde's regular season struggles & Justin Verlander's Cy Young hopes

Jose Valverde's regular season struggles were a good indication of what might come of the Tigers, Justin Verlander's stats support his bid for another Cy Young, and the top 50 free agents and what it means for the Tigers. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

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Amid offseason frenzy, Detroit Tigers need to take a measured approach
The Detroit News, Lynn Henning

The Tigers have a better idea today of what they plan to do to amend a roster that got them to the World Series but needs altering ahead of 2013. It's doubtful much has changed in terms of needs and realities.

Banner at Tiger Stadium site sparks dialogue, aims to raise money for Harwell statue
The Detroit News, Lauren Abdel-Razzaq

The banner was posted last week along the gate entrance where Tiger Stadium once stood, but where today there is only a field and memories: Coming Soon, Navin Auto Sales.

Detroit Tigers' report card: Alex Avila takes step back; Gerald Laird proves valuable as backup
MLive.com, James Schmehl

Here are the grades for Detroit's infielders that saw significant playing time this year. Later tonight, fans will get a chance to assign grades to each of those players, too.

Jose Valverde's regular-season woes hinted end with Tigers
Detroit Free Press, John Lowe

There was the game against Oakland where three straight hitters reached base against reliever Jose Valverde. There was the game against the Yankees where Valverde inherited what seemed a comfortable lead and the Yankees jumped all over him. Both games occurred in the regular season.

Replacement-level workhorses
SweetSpot Blog, Jon Shepherd

A replacement-level player represents value that is considered to be on par with what is freely available in Triple-A.

The Top 50 Free Agents And The Detroit Tigers
Walkoff Woodward, Grey Papke

We’re into free agency now, like, for real. Everyone is free to sign with whoever they want. In addition, the GM meetings are underway, so there’s actually some movement on things.

More Stats Supporting Justin Verlander for Cy Young
Tiger Tales, Lee Panas

Most readers of this blog are aware of the limitations of ERA in evaluating pitcher performance. Two of the biggest issues are:

Quintin Berry Shouldn’t Be In Detroit Tigers Outfield Mix In 2013
Motor City Bengals, Matt Snyder

Quintin Berry is fast, let’s get that one out of the way quickly, but speed only gets a player so far in the game of baseball.