Tuesday, January 15, 2013
A Porcello deal likely?
By Doug Mittler
The Detroit Tigers have the rare luxury of a starting pitching surplus (if there is such a thing), and the rumor mill has the AL Central champions looking to move Rick Porcello.
Jon Morosoi of FoxSports.com reported Monday that the Mariners and D-backs have talked with the Tigers about Porcello. That follows a report last week from MASN's Roch Kubatko, who hears the Tigers and Cubs are discussing a potential trade involving Porcello with the Orioles as a third party.
Lynn Henning of the Detroit News writes that GM Dave Dromkowski is not looking to stockpile pitcher’s and is enjoying a seller’s market, making it possible that the right offer "could be taking shape even this week."
The Tigers' rotation features four righthanders -- Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Doug Fister and Anibal Sanchez -- so it makes sense to hold on to southpaw Drew Smyly and shop the 24-year-old Porcello instead.