Tigers Rumors: Detroit Not Close to Trading Rick Porcello

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.

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 Smyly, and Porcello.

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 Smyly, 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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4 Responses to Tigers Rumors: Detroit Not Close to Trading Rick Porcello

  1. Hahahahaha you spelled smyly wrong every time.

  2. Good article. There is no need for the Tigers to trade any starting pitcher now or maybe in the future. Before the season is over they will need both Porcello and Smyly. Almost every team loses a starting for a period of time every year. Pitching depth is essential for any Team that is a world series contender.

    1. You bring up a good point regarding pitching depth. It is understandable that Detroit may want to get some trade value out of Porcello while they can, but thy also have the option of extending him and keeping him around. I wonder if teams are too quick to make the trade rather than hold on to what they have.


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