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From the moment the Detroit Tigers re-signed right-hander Anibal Sanchez to an $80 million, five-year contract this offseason, Rick Porcello has had a lot to prove. The top four spots in Detroit's rotation are now set, with Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Doug Fister and Sanchez locked in.
That leaves Porcello and Drew Smyly as candidates for the last opening.
Porcello is a seasoned veteran with a $5.1 million contract - but he just turned 24 last month. That puts the right-hander in an unusual position with spring training coming up. There's a sense he could be traded at any moment.
Porcello went 10-12 with a 4.59 ERA last year, and he was not in the postseason rotation.
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I have heard a lot of talk about that, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said, but weve never been officially asked.
Observations of Rondon during spring...
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A fan wearing a Tigers cap and jacket in the third row of folding chairs began to chant, TORE-ee! TOR-ee! The fans around him joined in, too, greeting Detroits new right fielder.
Hunter took a seat and was taken...
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"He's doing a lot better," Hunter Sr. said. "He's on crutches...
Dave Dombrowski realizes the offseason is never over until opening day.
That was certainly the case last year, when the Detroit general manager brought slugger Prince Fielder to the Tigers in late January. This offseason has been quieter in Detroit, but Dombrowski keeps his ears open for possible acquisitions even now, with spring training set to start in a couple weeks.
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DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello has spent the offseason on the rumor mill.
The Tigers nearly made the Justin Upton trade between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Atlanta Braves a three-team deal by involving Porcello, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.
Now the Diamondbacks have lost interest in Porcello after picking up Randall Delgado from the Braves. And...
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