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Detroit Tigers Links: Nick Castellanos not guaranteed third base & should Placido Polanco return to Detroit?

Nick Castellanos is not guaranteed the third-base job, Corey Knebel could be an option for Detroit's bullpen, and Placido Polanco would be great for the Tigers (except no he totally wouldn't).


Baseball. Soon. Al Kaline says so, guys.


Tigers links:

Detroit Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski: Prince Fielder deal put offseason plans in place
Detroit Free Press, Anthony Fenech

The Tigers have changed. So much so that two weeks ago, general manager Dave Dombrowski actually went out to dinner with his coaching staff the night before the team's winter caravan throughout the state.

Tigers GM: Nick Castellanos still must earn third-base job
The Detroit News, Tom Gage

They're handing him third base because they think he will hit. It's his because of his potential.

Detroit Tigers at No. 6 overall in Yahoo! Sports rankings after 'bold' offseason, Josh Slagter

Tim Brown on Detroit's postseason woes: "They keep running into better teams, or worse slumps, or catastrophic injuries, or something, and always when they are closest to greatness."

Placido Polanco would be great for the Tigers
Motor City Bengals, Sam O'Toole

Nope. No. Wrong. Incorrect. Negative.

Corey Knebel could be option for Detroit Tigers' bullpen
Detroit Free Press, Anthony Fenech

For a team with many questions, the Detroit Tigers' biggest roster-related question heading into spring training could be who wins the final bullpen spots.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Brave New World: Atlanta Needs Freddie Freeman to Be a Star
Grantland, Jonah Keri

The Atlanta Braves have signed 24-year-old first baseman Freddie Freeman to a reported eight-year, $135 million contract extension. It’s the longest deal in franchise history.

All Fly Balls Are Not Created Equal
The Hardball Times, Jeff Zimmerman

"The longer a ball is in the air, the more time a fielder has to catch it. Sounds simple, doesn’t it?" Well, no, actually it doesn't sound simple.

Report: The Mariners sign Fernando Rodney to two-year deal
HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra

Jonah Keri of Grantland reports that the Mariners have agreed to a two-year, $14 million deal with Fernando Rodney. The deal has incentives in it which could take it up to $15 million.

Ralph Kiner, baseball Hall of Famer, dead at 91 — he lived a life to envy
Big League Stew, Mike Oz

Side note: Elizabeth Taylor was so gorgeous.

Tigers tweets:

Sorry, I haven't yet let go.