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Detroit Tigers Links: Max Scherzer's future & where Brennan Boesch fits in this year

The debate is on about whether Max Scherzer will get a contract extension next year, Brennan Boesch could fit into the outfield this season, and Chris Carpenter will not pitch in 2013 -- or maybe ever again. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Doug Pensinger

Tigers' dearth of outfield platoon options opens door for Boesch
The Detroit News, Tony Paul

No. Just no.

Trading Max Scherzer an option Detroit Tigers likely must explore after 2013 season, Josh Slagter

Scherzer will be a free agent after the 2014 season. It may be tough for Detroit to afford to keep him, and he could be a valuable trade chip.

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Detroit Tigers Top 10 Prospects
Baseball Prospectus, Jason Parks

Subscription required for this one.

5 things that could derail the Tigers' 2013 season
Detroit Free Press, John Verburg

Spring training hasn't even started yet. I'd like to wait until after the season starts to think about all the possible ways the Tigers could disappoint us.

Phil Coke’s Brain Radio Hour
Brain Matters

The Brain has a radio show. Count. Me. In.

A Max Scherzer Extension Wouldn’t Cost the Detroit Tigers $20M Per Season
Motor City Bengals, Matt Snyder

A Max Scherzer extension would look an awful lot like the contract Anibal Sanchez just signed.

Will Trout & Harper Kick-Start MLB Endorsement Deals?
FanGraphs Baseball, Wendy Thurm

I imagine Trout to be too dull and Harper to be too obnoxious. Which probably means it will happen.

Chris Carpenter will not pitch in 2013 and is considering retirement
HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra

The St. Louis Cardinals just announced in a press conference that it is "very unlikely" that Chris Carpenter will pitch in the 2013 season after suffering physical setbacks during his offseason throwing program.

Dear White Sox fans: Your pitchers are doomed.
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer

When trolling and White Sox meet ...

Twenty players will make more individually in 2013 than the entire Astros team combined
Big League Stew, Mike Oz

Kind of hilarious, no? Depressing? Infuriating? Eh, who cares.