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 return. They don’t 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 won’t 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 aren’t forced to trade Porcello because of a roster crunch. If they keep Porcello, he would be a well above average fifth starter behind Justin Ve