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.