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Detroit Tigers Links: Should the Tigers trade Max Scherzer & Rafael Soriano lands with the Nationals

The prospect of trading Max Scherzer might not be that crazy, more talk about trading Rick Porcello, and Rafael Soriano lands with the Washington Nationals. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Jonathan Daniel

Trading Max Scherzer Not That Dumb
Motor City Bengals, Chris Hannum

Every once in a while I have been known to put a withering critique of columns written for the Detroit News, today I'll break form and step in to defend one.

Dave Dombrowski: Detroit Tigers had 'exploratory' conversations with Rafael Soriano, never made offer, Chris Iott

The Tigers continue to be linked to potential closers, but it still seems likely that they will give rookie Bruce Rondon a shot to win the job during spring training.

Among seven arbitration-eligible Tigers, Max Scherzer has most intriguing case
The Detroit News, Tom Gage

In addition to Scherzer, pitchers Doug Fister, Rick Porcello and Phil Coke, outfielders Austin Jackson and Brennan Boesch, and catcher Alex Avila are eligible for salary arbitration.

Could Orioles trade Jim Johnson for Porcello?
Yardbarker, Jon Paul Morosi

The Baltimore Orioles aren’t interested in trading shortstop J.J. Hardy to Detroit for starter Rick Porcello.

Tigers Winter Caravan routes set for late January 2013
Out of Left Field, Matthew B. Mowery

Nothing marks the beginning of the end for the offseason like the Detroit Tigers’ annual Winter Caravan.

Porcello trade? Maybe, but not for Hardy
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck

Tired of the Hall of Fame debate already? How about another round of Rick Porcello and Tigers shortstop rumors? OK, maybe not.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Nationals load up in bullpen with Rafael Soriano for two years, $28 million
Big League Stew, David Brown

The Washington Nationals obviously feel like there's more than one way to build a pitching staff.

Who will be this year's Mike Trout?
Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee

Probably Mike Trout. But now you're being a jerk.

John Rocker peddles “the Holocaust wouldn’t have happened if the Jews had guns” nonsense
HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra