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Trade rumors have been swirling around Detroit Tigers
right-hander Rick Porcello for much of the offseason, but the team doesn’t
appear to be close to trading him and doesn’t feel a real pressure to do so in
a hurried manner, according to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.
Tigers don't appear to be close to trading Porcello. But no real pressure to move him fast, either.
— DKnobler (@DKnobler) January 22, 2013
When the Tigers re-signed right-hander Anibal Sanchez this
offseason, Detroit was left with six capable starters for five rotation slots,
also including Justin Verlander, Doug Fister, Max Scherzer, Drew Smiley, and
This began the trade speculation that Detroit would attempt
to unload one of their arms in order to fill another area of need. It’s been
said that the Tigers could trade Porcello or Smiley, but Porcello has received
most of the attention this winter.
Knobler seems to indicate that if Detroit doesn’t like the
offers they’re currently receiving, they could elect to hold onto all of their
arms until closer to the start of the regular season. At that point there may
be a team whose hand is forced when a starter is injured, which could potentially
increase the Tigers’ return.
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