FT. MYERS, Fla. — The teams interested in acquiring right-hander Rick Porcello continue to wonder if the Tigers actually will trade him.
The Red Sox, Rangers and Padres are the teams most active on Porcello, according to major-league sources. The Orioles also have scouted him, sources say.
The Tigers, however, might prefer to keep Porcello and retain depth in their rotation. They then could make lefty Drew Smyly a long reliever or starter at Triple A.
One thing is clear: The Tigers will not trade Porcello unless they receive a strong return.
The Padres made an “aggressive” offer for Porcello last week, only to be rejected, according to a source.
Talks with the Rangers do not appear to be at an advanced stage, but the names of two Texas prospects — shortstop Leury Garcia and right-hander Nicholas Tepesch — apparently are on the Tigers’ wish list. The Tigers also would want a third player added to that package and the Rangers would be reluctant to move Tepesch in a Porcello deal, sources say.