Found December 11, 2012 on The Detroit Sports Site:
Heading into the 2013 season with Rick Porcello as part of the starting rotation would be far from a crushing development for the Detroit Tigers — the 23-year-old has won 10 or more games in each of his four MLB season, including last year’s 10-12 mark. Still, the Tigers might be able to swing the young right-hander into a big return via trade, especially if the market for Porcello is as hot as CBSSports’ Danny Knobler believes it to be. Knobler wrote that “plenty of teams are interested, and quite a few National League teams asked about him at last week’s winter meetings.” He added, though, that barring the unlikely re-signing of Anibal Sanchez, Porcello probably will not be available. The Tigers don’t seem to love Porcello as much as they once did, but without acquiring another starter, they can’t very well trade him. Their current rotation includes Justin Verlander, Doug Fister and Max Scherzer at the top, with Porcello and Drew Smyly penciled in for the final two spots. The Tigers don’t really have anyone else ready to challenge for a spot. Knobler reported separately that the Tigers had tried to leapfrog the Royals and pull off a trade for James Shields. Detroit offered Avisail Garcia and other prospects, according to Knobler, but the Rays opted to trade Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City instead. Aside from Sanchez, the impact players available for Detroit’s rotation are minimal — we wrote last week about Kyle Lohse as a possibility, but there has not been much chatter surrounding any Detroit interest in the Cardinals pitcher.

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