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Detroit Tigers Links: Rick Porcello trade prospects & Gio Gonzalez accused of taking PEDs

Rick Porcello could still be traded, Gio Gonzalez was accused of taking steroids, and Torii Hunter watched film of Miguel Cabrera last season to break out of a slump. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Rob Carr

Rick Porcello: Future star? Innings-eater? Something else?
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer
Neyer doesn't say much about Porcello that we haven't already heard, but the gem of this piece is from our very own GWilson in the comment section.

Torii Hunter credits video of Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera for snapping slump while with Angels
MLive, Josh Slagter

"I've always been impressed with him at the plate, the way he swings," Hunter said of Cabrera. "In June, I looked at his video and it helped me out. Don't tell him that, he might get kind of pumped up. He's one of my favorite hitters in the game."

Why not dangle Andy Dirks?
Motor City Bengals, Scott Byrne
Funny how no one here has thought of this idea yet. I don't think the return would be very high, but you never know what other MLB GMs will overpay for... like Wade Davis, for instance.

Tigers catcher Alex Avila's knee still a tender topic
The Detroit News, Lynn Henning
Speaking of Avila, we will be profiling him later today. Spoiler alert: I'm not concerned about the knee.

Back on the Verlander (World Baseball Classic) watch
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck
So Verlander *might* pitch in the World Baseball Classic. Whatever.

Miami New Times' Releases Images Of Mentions Of Washington Nationals' Starter Gio Gonzalez In Notebooks Of Alleged PED Supplier
Federal Baseball, Patrick Reddington
Gonzalez was also mentioned in the steroid allegations that have been swirling around Alex Rodriguez for the last 48 hours. Needless to say, Gonzalez didn't take it well.

Side note: is this in any way related to that deer antler stuff they're talking about at the Super Bowl right now? Just curious.

Q&A: New Cubs 'saberist' Tom Tango
ESPN Chicago, Jon Greenberg
If the Cubs win the World Series in the next three years, then the Tigers need to hire our friend Lee Panas ASAP.

Padres avoid arbitration with Chase Headley at $8.575 million
HardballTalk, Drew Silva
Still a bargain.