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Detroit Tigers Links: The final roster cuts & the status of the bullpen

Evaluating the final roster cuts, Lynn Henning breaks down the Tigers' bullpen, and Jered Weaver may be Major League Baseball's most important player. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.


Breaking down the Tigers' bullpen
The Detroit News, Lynn Henning

How seven bullpen pitchers stack up as Tigers manager Jim Leyland ponders his relievers and their roles heading into Opening Day.

Tigers Go 0 for 3 in Final Position Player Roster Cuts

Over the years, I’ve spent a lot of time defending the decisions of Jim Leyland and Dave Dombrowski.

Tigers' Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander ranked No. 1-2 in ESPN Baseball Tonight's Top 500 players
Detroit Free Press

Tigers' third baseman Miguel Cabrera and starting pitcher Justin Verlander were ranked as the two best players in baseball, respectively, by ESPN's Baseball Tonight.

Would Tigers sniff at second helping of Big Potato?
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck

Scott Boras called it a "philosophical cliff" for a team to put a minor-league prospect in a prominent big-league position and know what to expect.

Tigers Headed North With Improved Bullpen
Motor City Bengals, Garret Craig

While some believe the Detroit Tigers could still add a designated closer, their delaying of Bruce Rondon’s major league arrival speaks to the team’s faith in their relief depth.

AL Central Preview: The Tigers rule while the Royals, Indians and White Sox vie for No. 2
Big League Stew, Mike Oz

With opening day mere days away, the Big League Stew crew is here to get you up to speed on the baseball season ahead.

Johan Santana has "probable re-tear" of shoulder capsule, likely needs another surgery
HardballTalk, D.J. Short

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said on a conference call this evening that Santana underwent an MRI in New York which revealed a "probable re-tear" of the anterior capsule in his left shoulder.

Jered Weaver, MLB's most important player
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield

One thing casual baseball fans do is overrate the importance of one player. In the NBA, you build a team around one superstar.