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Detroit Tigers Links: Justin Verlander's contract & Max Scherzer's extension

Justin Verlander's contract could be in a class by itself, Max Scherzer is open to a contract extension, and Rick Porcello dismisses trade rumors. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.


Sorry your links are a few hours late this morning! But better late than never, I say!

Come contract time, Tigers' Justin Verlander could be in a class by himself
The Detroit News, Jerry Green

From everyone's favorite columnist.

Max Scherzer is open to an extension with the Tigers
Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee

Should the Tigers be open to an extension with Max Scherzer?

Rick Porcello shrugs off trade rumors, aims to be Tigers' 5th starter, not a reliever
Detroit Free Press, John Lowe

During the regular season, a team has 25 active players. When spring training begins, more than twice that many players are in major league camp.

Early notes: Boesch day-to-day with oblique tightness
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck

Boesch simply can't afford to be hurt. If he misses any time, I can't imagine it ending well for him this spring.

What Can We Expect from Anibal Sanchez?
Motor City Bengals, Scott Byrne

We know that Mr. Ilitch made him a $16 million man, to sit in a comfy #4 chair behind Verlander, Scherzer and Fister, but why?

Enough with the "Win" Stat, Please

Those of you that have read my ranting and raving over the past few years know that there’s two guys that cover Detroit baseball that get under my skin more than anyone: Bill Simonson and Jerry Green.

Fort Myers Miracle to hold Marco Rubio Water Bottle Giveaway Night
Big League Stew, Mark Townsend

This is not a political statement of any kind, but I grew up going to Miracle games (which is also where Twins Spring Training is) so I couldn't not link to it.

Mets maintaining interest in reliever Jose Valverde
HardballTalk, Drew Silva

Ken Davidoff of the New York Post has the goods: The door remains "slightly ajar" for free agent Jose Valverde to join the Mets as their closer, an industry source told The Post.

A Walk Through The Early Over/Unders
FanGraphs Baseball, Dave Cameron

We’re still six weeks from opening day, but the first sports book over/unders were released the other day, and while this is not an endorsement of gambling, it can be fun and informative to look at how the Vegas proprietors see each team stacking up before the season.