With their surplus of pitching after re-signing Anibal
Sanchez, the Detroit Tigers are expected to trade one of their extra arms, most
likely Rick Porcello. The Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers and Los Angeles
Angels are three possible fits for Porcello, according to Tony Paul of the
The Pirates have what Paul considers to be “a dandy trade
chip” in right-handed closer Joel Hanrahan. He notes that the Tigers could look
to add Hanrahan as a proven finisher this season in order to bridge the gap to
21-year-old Bruce Rondon.
After missing out on Josh Hamilton and Zack Greinke the
Rangers could “feel pressure to do something” this winter. Shortstop Elvis
Andrus “would be a massive upgrade, especially defensively, over Jhonny
Peralta,” says Paul.
Since the Angels went all-in on Hamilton, they could also
look to upgrade their suspect starting rotation. While they’ve been able to add
Tommy Hanson and Joe Blanton already this offseason, they could look to acquire
Porcello rather than spend more on the free agent market. LA is expected to
trade one of their extra outfielders, including Kendrys Morales, Peter Bourjos
and Mark Trumbo, this offseason.
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