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Detroit Tigers Links: Miguel Cabrera on pace for 3,000 hits & Max Scherzer avoids arbitration

Miguel Cabrera has a good shot at both 3,000 hits and 500 home runs, Max Scherzer signs a one-year extension with the Tigers, and Brandon Webb retires. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

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Are big milestones in store for Tigers' Miguel Cabrera?
Detroit Free Press, George Sipple
Bill James seems to think highly of Miguel Cabrera's chances at hitting a couple of major offensive landmarks by the time his career is over.

Tigers, Max Scherzer Agree To Not Sign Multi Year Contract
Walkoff Woodward, Josh Worn
No team-friendly extension for Scherzer beyond 2013, but he still has a year of arbitration left. He will make $6.725 million this year.

Report: Former Tiger Jose Valverde close to signing with Marlins
The Detroit News
Depending on the length of his deal, Valverde may be flipped to the highest bidder once Giancarlo Stanton hits arbitration and his salary skyrockets.

Houston Astros Trade Jed Lowrie To Oakland Athletics For Three Players
The Crawfish Boxes, David Coleman
Our new American League brethren at Crawfish Boxes seem to be pleased with the deal. Meanwhile, A's fans' reactions vary from ambivalent to horrified.

Top 10 first basemen: Konerko makes the list
South Side Sox, Ken Neadly
Prince Fielder also made the list, which is pretty accurate overall. Oddly enough, I would rank Konerko higher than the White Sox' writers did.

Pitch Grips
YouTube [h/t Twinkie Town]
Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer demonstrates the grips for all nine (!) of his pitches. Now that the secrets are out, the Tigers should shell him this season.

Review of the Kansas City Royals off-season transactions as if written Kansas City cartoonist Lee Judge
Royals Review
This is well worth your time.