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• Drew Smyly made his Spring Training finale on Wednesday, pitching five innings for Triple-A Toledo against the Braves' affiliate. The left-hander, who is scheduled to open the season in long relief, pitched five innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits. He walked two and struck out five.

• Former Tigers reliever Zach Miner said Wednesday he was 50-50 on whether to re-sign with the team this past offseason, despite the long odds he would have faced making the big league club out of camp. Miner said his final choice came down to Minor League offers with camp invites from the Tigers and Phillies.

Miner opted for the Phillies, where he remains one of the relievers fighting for a roster spot in camp. He gave up a run on two hits in two innings against the Tigers on Wednesday, walking one and striking out another.

• One American League official seconded a report from ESPN's Buster Olney that Tigers utility infielder Ramon Santiago is on the trade market. The fact that the Tigers did not send down fellow utility infielder Danny Worth after announcing Kelly had made the team, and that Leyland said his positional roster wasn't yet set, seemed to back up the observation that the utility-infield spot remains in play.

The Tigers supposedly had some interest in Santiago during the Winter Meetings last December, but Santiago's $2.1 million guaranteed salary seemed to be an impediment.

• Justin Verlander declined to talk any further about his contract situation Wednesday after his final start of the spring, saying he had nothing to add following a story from CBSSports.com a few days ago saying Verlander did not want negotiations going on during the season.

"I've got no comments on contract anything," Verlander said. "We're one start away from Opening Day and I'd prefer to talk about that."

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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