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It isnt on Justin Uptons 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 return. They dont appear to be a finalist for free agent outfielder Scott Hairston, who likely will make his decision between the Mets and Yankees.
Porcello, 24, has great appeal to teams because he wont become a free agent until after the 2015 season. He went 10-12 with a 4.59 ERA last season, but those numbers figure to improve markedly if he pitches in front of a better infield defense. (The 2012 Tigers had little range at third base, shortstop and first base.)
The Tigers arent forced to trade Porcello because of a roster crunch. If they keep Porcello, he would be a well-above-average fifth starter behind Justin Verlander, Doug Fister, Anibal Sanchez and Max Scherzer. In that scenario, Drew Smyly could move to the bullpen a role in which he excelled during the 2012 postseason.
The Tigers discussed Porcello with the Texas Rangers earlier this offseason, but those talks failed to progress. The Baltimore Orioles and San Diego Padres also expressed interest in Porcello.
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That possible Rick Porcello three-team trade, involving the Detroit Tigers, Baltimore Orioles and Chicago Cubs?
Not happening. If it was ever floated, it didn’t get far. RT @geoff_bitson: @beckjason Any news on this Orioles/Cubs/Tigers trade?
— Jason Beck (@beckjason) January 14, 2013
That’s MLB.com Tigers beat reporter Jason Beck, shooting down any lingering possibility that...
While the Baltimore Orioles have said they’re not interested
in trading shortstop J.J. Hardy to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for
right-hander Rick Porcello, Jon Paul Morosi wonders if the club might be
interested in parting ways with closer Jim Johnson in order to acquire the
young starting pitcher.
Johnson was beyond solid in 2012, leading the majors in
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...
The Baltimore Orioles arent 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 theres 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...
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...
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The Detroit Tigers have discussed right-handed starting
pitcher Rick Porcello with the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks, according
to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.
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.