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Detroit Tigers Links: Detroit's speed on the basepaths & observations from Opening Day

Is 2014 Detroit's year for speed on the basepaths? Could the Tigers still be interested in Stephen Drew? and 10 observations from the Opening Day games.

Christopher Pasatieri

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Miguel Cabrera, When It’s All Said And Done
FanGraphs Baseball, Tony Blengino

The week leading up to Opening Day 2014 turned out to be quite historic, with the clear two best players in the game locked into long-term contracts guaranteeing them nearly a cool half-billion.

Will the Tigers Break Out on the Basepaths in 2014?
The Hardball Times, Matthew Murphy

Over the past three years, the Detroit Tigers have attempted to steal a base 206 times, and were successful on 143 of these attempts.

Analysis: Stephen Drew may be willing to sign 1-year deal, but Detroit Tigers still likely to pass, James Schmehl

There's no guarantee free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew will sign with a team in the foreseeable future, but speculation has run rampant this past month that Drew would be willing to sign a one-year offer after opening day in early April.

Detroit Tigers' Dave Dombrowski puts baseball's growth in perspective
Detroit Free Press, Noah Trister

Shortly before the start of a spring training game last month, Dave Dombrowski paused briefly to sign a few autographs for fans.

2014 Detroit Tigers need to avoid another a slow start
Motor City Bengals, Matt Pelc

Despite winning their division three straight years, the Detroit Tigers have been slow starters. Should this continue, it might not be easy to rebound.

Elsewhere in baseball:

Meet the MLB team whose players greeted fans at the gates on opening day
Big League Stew, Mike Oz

The Tampa Bay Rays maintained their opening day tradition of players greeting fans when gates opened Monday.

Harper Being Harper, and More Snap Judgments From Opening Day(s)
Grandland, Michael Baumann

The 2014 MLB season is only a day and change old. To borrow a phrase from James Earl Jones’s greatest career role as Admiral James Greer: "The data support no conclusions as yet."

Ten observations on Opening Day games
SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield

The first rule of Opening Day: Don't overreact to Opening Day. So these are merely observations from flipping around watching a bunch of different games.

Mets closer news: Jose Valverde replaces injured Bobby Parnell
SBNation, Bryan Kilpatrick

Yes, it's April Fools' Day and the words "Jose Valverde" and "closer" are being mentioned in the same sentence. But it's actually happening, and that might be one of the most Mets things ever.

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