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Detroit Tigers Links: Rangers sign A.J. Pierzynski & Marlins interested in Nick Castellanos

The Texas Rangers sign A.J. Pierzynski, the Marlins want top prospect Nick Castellanos, and Edwin Jackson signs with the Chicago Cubs. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

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Report: Miami Marlins contacted Detroit Tigers about top prospect Nick Castellanos
MLive, Josh Slagter
Sources: Dave Dombrowski had a good laugh today.

Mike Henneman ready to help young pitchers in return to Tiger organization
The Detroit News, Tony Paul

"At West Michigan, Henneman will work alongside manager Larry Parrish. They don't know each other too well, but considering their good-natured personalities, it should be a nice fit. It's one reason the Tigers opted to send Henneman there, rather than have him be a scout."

Six Moves The Detroit Tigers Could Still Make This Off-season
Motor City Bengals, Matt Snyder
Basically, everything we've discussed like crazy over the last two weeks plus the idea of trading Ramon Santiago, who happens to be tearing it up in winter ball right now.

JAWS and the 2013 Hall of Fame ballot: Alan Trammell, Jay Jaffe
Cue completely rational anger about Trammell not already being in the Hall. [h/t The Daily Fungo for the link]

Is Rick Porcello the Starting Pitcher Who Should Be Traded?
Walkoff Woodward, Josh Worn
It's something we've discussed a bit here, but Doc's article (which we missed during our links hiatus earlier this week) raises a good point about both Max Scherzer and Doug Fister having some injury issues last season.

Elsewhere in Baseball:

A.J. Pierzynski signs one-year deal with Texas
Big League Stew, Kevin Kaduk

"Pierzynski is coming off a career year in which he hit .278/.326/.501 with 27 homers and 77 RBIs for the Chicago White Sox and bats left-handed. That feature should come in handy for the Rangers, who just saw Josh Hamilton's left-handed bat head toward Anaheim."

Report: Edwin Jackson Signs 4-Year, $52 Million Deal With Cubs
Bleed Cubbie Blue, Al Yellon
Well, this makes Anibal Sanchez's deal look even better.

Report: Mets "very interested" in Grady Sizemore
HardballTalk, D.J. Short
Related: the Mets are also interested in back spasms.

Miami Marlins Sign Placido Polanco
Fish Stripes, Eric Weston
I know what you're thinking, and no, Polanco is not the highest paid player on the Marlins roster. Well, at least until Ricky Nolasco is traded.

Baseball's five most and five least improved teams
ESPN, Jayson Stark
No surprises here, but no Tiger mentions either. Carry on.