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.
In exchange for Porcello, the Tigers would ask for a
shortstop, late-inning reliever or right-handed hitting outfielder. Morosi adds
that Detroit doesn’t appear to be a finalist for free agent Scott Hairston,
meaning they could look to trade Porcello to acquire an outfielder considering
there aren’t many options remaining on the open market.
After re-signing Anibal Sanchez, the Tigers have six
starters for five rotation slots; Sanchez, Porcello, Justin Verlander, Doug
Fister, Max Scherzer and Drew Smyly. Detroit isn’t forced to trade Porcello due
to a roster crunch, says Morosi. If they retain Porcello into 2013, he would be
used in the starting rotation while Smyly would be moved to the bullpen.
Morosi notes that the Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles and
San Diego Padres have also expressed interest in Porcello this offseason.
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