Originally posted on MLB Buzz  |  Last updated 1/14/13
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
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