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The Baltimore Orioles aren’t interested in trading shortstop J.J. Hardy to Detroit for starter Rick Porcello.
They may be more willing to trade closer Jim Johnson.
At first blush, that seems odd. But there’s a sabermetric rationale behind it.
Johnson could have a superb 2013 season and still not approach what he accomplished last year: He led the majors with 51 saves, made his first All-Star appearance and was one of the most dominant relievers in baseball. He turns 30 this June, so he’s right in the middle of his prime.
At the moment, Porcello is probably the best fifth starter in baseball – considering his potential (still young at 24) and the Tigers’ pitching depth. Porcello is coming off an unspectacular season, 10-12 with a 4.59 ERA. But his numbers would improve with a better defensive infield – which the Orioles have, with the likes of Hardy and Manny Machado.
Porcello is three seasons away from free agency, Johnson only two. Porcello has averaged a little more than 170 innin...
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So the Rick Porcello trade rumors continue as Jon Morosi reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks are now interested in the young starting pitcher.
#Mariners and #DBacks have had talks with the #Tigers about acquiring Rick Porcello, sources say.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 14, 2013
Morosi adds that the Tigers will more than likely ask for a shortstop, late-inning reliever or...
It isn’t on Justin Upton’s level, but the Rick Porcello trade saga continues …
The Detroit Tigers, who have six starting pitchers, have continued to discuss Porcello with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Seattle Mariners and perhaps other teams, according to major-league sources.
The Tigers likely would ask for a shortstop, late-inning reliever or right-handed-hitting outfielder in...
Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy recently had his name
tossed around in trade rumors, but manager Buck Showalter indicated to
reporters, including Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports, that the team isn’t
interested in dealing the veteran.
Asked Buck Showalter if #orioles would have to be overwhelmed by offer to trade J.J. Hardy. "What word is above "overwhelmed...
DETROIT -- The Tigers sent out their spring-training invites Wednesday morning, and a very familiar name is on the guest list.
Utility player Don Kelly will get yet another shot to make the Tigers roster, as will highly-touted prospect Nick Castellanos.
Here's the complete list of the 17 players who have been invited to major-league camp this spring in Lakeland, Fla.:
Pitcher Tommy Hunter and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a $1.82 million, one-year contract, more than tripling his salary of $493,500 last year.
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DETROIT -- Victor Martinez is off and running the bases.
The Tigers designated hitter has stepped up the running portion of rehabilitation after missing last season because of an injury to his left knee. He had micro-fracture surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered on Jan. 17, 2012.
Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand on Friday supervised Martinezs first...
ESPN this afternoon released their first-half schedule for their 'Sunday Night Baseball' broadcast, and the Baltimore Orioles will be featured on April 14th against the New York Yankees.
The two teams last played on the Sunday broadcast at the end of 2008, as the network decided to cover the last game at old Yankee Stadium.
This has been a long time coming for us...
Over the weekend, the Baltimore Sun and MASN Sports reported that Oriole centerfielder Adam Jones will play in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
From the Baltimore Sun: Orioles center fielder Adam Jones has accepted an invitation to play for the United States in the upcoming World Baseball Classic in March.
Team USA manager Joe Torre called Jones before Christmas and extended...
One name that keeps popping up in rumors this week is J.J. Hardy. The Orioles shortstop has been mentioned as desired by the Tigers in a three-team deal that would supposedly send Porcello to the Cubs. According to MLB Rumors, that essential off-season site for us baseball groupies, Buck Showalter has said that the Orioles would have to be unbelievably overwhelmed in order to trade...
I know that many of you don’t care for the Orioles but I do and this is so cool:
Adam Jones flew from his home in San Diego to Baltimore for Ray Lewis’ final home game, then traveled to Denver to watch the Ravens upset the Broncos in double overtime and now he’s headed to New England for the AFC Championship.
Between this and a general distaste for Boston it’s enough to make...