Ramon Santiago is the Tigers' all-time MVP; Dontrelle Willis signs a minor league deal with the Orioles; and Derek Holland may have a new, shiny contract, but he's still creepy. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.
Ramon Santiago proves to be the Tigers MVP -- Walkoff Woodward, Doc Worn
I don't ever want to hear anyone argue that Ramon Santiago isn't valuable to this team. He clearly saved Miguel Cabrera's life. Or something.
Rosters Trimmed, Ortega & Hoffman Toledo Bound -- Motor City Bengals, James R. Chipman
As opening day approaches, the Tigers continue to trim their roster down to the required 25 men. Also a fun poll asking who should win the Tigers' final spot in the pen.
Was Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander more lucky than good? -- SI.com, Tom Verducci
Oh look, another article talking about whether Verlander's luck is about to run out. But, again, Verducci is basing this article on that little metric called BABIP. Interesting nonetheless.
Tigers' Jim Leyland gets face time on ESPN, talks Miguel Cabrera and cigarettes -- Detroit Free Press
As per usual, Jim Leyland's quotes are fantastic.
Tigers Shouldn’t be Interested in Johnny Damon at Any Price -- The Tigers Den, Matt Snyder
I can appreciate that Detroit is one of the teams Johnny Damon would be interested in playing for again, but I agree with Matt, the Tigers don't need him and they should have no interest in him. Been there, done that.
A message to Baseball in the spring, on behalf of Miguel Cabrera. -- Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein
Someone linked to this in the comments of yesterday's links post. But it needed it's own entry today. It's just too amazing for words. Samara can do no wrong.
The 2012 BYB Meet-Up: Ticket payment info -- Bless You Boys
Here's your weekly reminder to get your tickets for this year's BYB Meet-Up. You don't want to be left without a ticket, so the sooner you get them, the better. According to Allison, there are 35 tickets left!
Doug Fister: Will the Detroit Tigers' downgraded defense hurt the 2011 breakout pitcher? -- Fantasy Baseball, Tristan H. Cockcroft
"Tristan H. Cockcroft takes a sabermetric look at what fantasy owners can expect from 2011 breakout pitcher Doug Fister in 2012."
Elsewhere in baseball:
Orioles sign Dontrelle Willis to minor league deal -- USATODAY.com
At this point, the odds are certainly not in his favor. But nevertheless, I would really love to see him succeed. Here's hoping he figures out where the plate is again.
Rangers sign Derek Holland to five-year, $28 million deal -- HardballTalk, Aaron Gleeman
This is a good signing for the Rangers in my opinion. And perhaps the bump in salary can help Mr. Holland hire a personal groomer.
Lance Berkman Accuses Commissioner Of Extortion -- Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer
Perhaps it shouldn't, but the fact that Berkman called out Bud Selig makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.
Kansas City Royals get Astros' Humberto Quintero, Jason Bourgeois -- SI.com
"Needing to plug a big hole behind the plate, the Kansas City Royals acquired catcher Humberto Quintero and outfielder Jason Bourgeois from the Houston Astros on Tuesday for minor league reliever Kevin Chapman and a player to be named."