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Detroit Tigers Links: Jim Leyland speculates on Victor Martinez & what we learned from the postseason

Jim Leyland discusses whether Victor Martinez will be the same hitter in 2013, the Tigers retain coach Lloyd McClendon, and what the 2012 postseason taught us all. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Ed Zurga

Tigers links:

Tigers' savings practically spent as arbitration looms
The Detroit News, Tom Gage

It's already spent. The Tigers had $16.75 million come off the books when they announced Tuesday that they've told Jose Valverde, Delmon Young and Gerald Laird to look for deals elsewhere as free agents.

Detroit Tigers' Jim Leyland: Whether Victor Martinez will be same hitter in 2013 is 'question of the day', Chris Iott

Victor Martinez hit .330 with 12 home runs, 103 RBIs and an .850 OPS for the Detroit Tigers during the 2011 season. Will he be the same hitter in 2013?

Tigers' Jim Leyland looks ahead to what 2013 Tigers could be
Detroit Free Press, John Lowe

Jim Leyland's return as Tigers manager on a one-year deal was announced Tuesday morning.

Tigers retain McClendon, add Fields as minor league hitting coordinator
Out of Left Field, Matthew B. Mowery

The Tigers retained one coach and regained one for the organization on Thursday.

What we learned from the 2012 postseason
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield

The offseason is already in full swing, but I wanted to put a bow of sorts on the 2012 season. Let's take one final look at the 2012 postseason and s

A Thank You To Jose Valverde
Motor City Bengals, John Verburg

The Detroit Tigers have come out and publicly stated that they are prepared to move on from Jose Valverdeas the closer of their ball club.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Report: Pascual Perez killed in his home in the Dominican Republic
HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra

As we have all learned over the years, initial reports of celebrity deaths are often wrong. One hopes that is the case here, but as of now, two Spanish language newspapers are reporting that former major league pitcher Pascual Perez was murdered in a robbery in his home this morning in the Dominican.

October: When there really is momentum in baseball
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer

There's very little evidence that momentum means anything in baseball ... until October, when suddenly it can seem to mean almost everything.

Mike Redmond hired as next Marlins manager
Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk

Mike Redmond has been hired by the Miami Marlins as their new manager/glutton for punishment.