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Detroit Tigers Links: Victor Martinez returns to Lakeland & Felix Hernandez signs $175 million deal

Victor Martinez took cuts yesterday in Lakeland, Dave Dombrowski speaks at the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association's Tigers Day, and Felix Hernandez agrees to $175 million deal. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.

Leon Halip

Detroit Tigers' farm system ranks near bottom of MLB, says ESPN analyst Keith Law, Josh Slagter

After the Tigers' top three, there's a bunch of "lottery-ticket types" who are "very far away" from helping Detroit at the major league level.

Tigers' Victor Martinez 'looks unbelievable' taking cuts in Lakeland
The Detroit News, Tom Gage

'Victor looks unbelievable,' hitting coach Lloyd McClendon said about Martinez, the Tigers' designated hitter who missed all of last year because of left knee surgery. 'I am really, really impressed with what I've seen.'

Tigers president/GM Dave Dombrowski at DSBA
Out of Left Field, Matthew B. Mowery

Tigers team president and general manager Dave Dombrowski spoke at the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association's Tigers Day on Tuesday, giving members and guests at the luncheon a brief overview of the team before it heads to Florida next week for spring training.

Felix Hernandez agrees to $175 million deal; Justin Verlander's reaction: 'Holy cow'
Detroit Free Press, Bob Nightengale

Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez has agreed to a seven-year, $175 million contract that should be finalized before spring training, making him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball history, a person familiar with the contract details told USA TODAY Sports.

Felix Hernandez Sets The Market For A Justin Verlander Extension
Motor City Bengals, Matt Snyder

Felix Hernandez’s latest contract extension could pave the way for Justin Verlander’s next big payday.

How long does it take to be a "true fan"?
Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee

Did you know that the Nationals have a reputation for having bandwagon fans? Me neither. Huh.

For Sale: One awesome ‘baseball bat’ chair
Big League Stew, Mark Townsend

If you’re a baseball fan looking to trade in that beat up recliner or simply want to own an awesome piece of craftsmanship that represents our wonderful game, I believe we’ve found the perfect item just for you.

The 10 Best Transactions of the Off-Season
FanGraphs Baseball, Dave Cameron

The off-season isn’t technically over yet, as there are still a few free agents to be signed, and there’s a chance we could see another significant trade before spring training opens.