And away we go …
According to CBS’ Jon Heyman, the Detroit Tigers are waiting by the phone this offseason, with a couple of starting pitchers available:
#tigers have told teams they're open to trading either scherzer or porcello
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 11, 2013
So what does this mean? Right now, not a whole lot. We heard all last offseason that the Tigers were shopping Porcello as a way to relieve their overloaded starting pitcher spot, only for Porcello to stick in the rotation all year. That GM Dave Dombrowski would listen to offers for either Scherzer or Porcello does not change much immediately.
What this news does do, however, is more or less confirm the situation for the coming months. The Tigers apparently feel that a) Scherzer is likely to walk after 2014, b) Porcello’s increasing contract makes him even more expendable, and c) They’d prefer not to have six starters again, if they can spin one into help elsewhere.
Because of his contract and the Tigers’ potential asking price, Porcello remains the best bet to be moved. And if the Tigers do manage to swing him for help in the bullpen or elsewhere, it would be hard to justify dealing Scherzer, too (and vice versa).
Buckle up. Trade season is upon us.