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Angels have discussed trade for Tigers starter Rick Porcello

Dec 15, 2012, 6:57 PM EDT

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The Angels beefed up their offense in a big way this week, signing Josh Hamilton to a five-year, $125 million free agent contract. Now they’re looking to further address their starting rotation needs.

According to Danny Knobler of, Anaheim’s decision-makers have “been in contact” with the Tigers about a potential trade for right-handed starter Rick Porcello. Angels outfielder Peter Bourjos would seem to fit as a trade piece, but Knobler says that particular swap is not close to happening because the Halos would much rather move Kendrys Morales.

Morales, strictly a designated hitter and first baseman, obviously isn’t a fit in Detroit.

Porcello posted a 4.59 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 107/44 K/BB ratio in 176 1/3 innings this past summer for the Tigers. The 23-year-old former first-round pick owns a 4.55 career ERA through four MLB seasons.

The Padres and Pirates have also been mentioned as possible landing spots for Porcello.

  1. historiophiliac - Dec 15, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    How about McCutchen? :)

  2. papacrick - Dec 15, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Give us Trumbo. Rick P is breaking out this year and still young with tons of upside. All the fat people behind him couldn’t catch the ground balls he so frequently induced giving him a misleading ERA

    • heylowarrior - Dec 15, 2012 at 7:56 PM

      Yeah good luck with that give us verlander trumbo will have a break out dont worry!!!

      • historiophiliac - Dec 15, 2012 at 8:14 PM


  3. proudlycanadian - Dec 15, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Uninformed sources indicate that the Angels were zoning in on the possibility of a trade for Arod. That trade concept was placed on hold pending Arod’s return to health. Unidentifiable sources indicate that they were willing to offer Vernon Wells straight up for Arod. Not sure if the uninformed unidentifiable sources were unimpeachable or peachable.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 15, 2012 at 7:58 PM

      LOL! Now Rosenthal is mentioning that the Angels have discussed Wells with the Yankees.

  4. thepancakebandit - Dec 15, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    The LA teams are the new Yankees.

  5. hotdogfinger - Dec 15, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    How about Andrus or Profar?

    • fbwangus8736 - Dec 15, 2012 at 7:42 PM

      You must be drinking whatever Josh Hamilton was drinking the last half of the season!

      • hotdogfinger - Dec 15, 2012 at 7:46 PM

        Throw in Avisail Garcia or Castellanos and why not

  6. kpow55 - Dec 15, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    I’d hate to see Kendrys go, he was killing it before getting injured, give him another year to snap back.

    Detroit has a decent team and great fans but I can’t imagine going from living in SoCal to that doom and gloom weather.

    Poor guy, where would they even play him with fielder being locked in at 1B as he can’t play anywhere else? Platoon DH?

    Go for Bourjos, younger and more defensively versatile.

  7. tigerfan4life - Dec 15, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Dont worry the tigers dont have room for morales. It will probably be bourjos unless the tigers get creative and pull of a blockbuster move which i doubt.

  8. juanhughjazz - Dec 15, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    kpow55 – Dec 15, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    “Detroit has a decent team and great fans but I can’t imagine going from living in SoCal to that doom and gloom weather.”


    ^^^someone who has never experienced a Michigan summer^^^

    I couldn’t imagine leaving Michigan to live there. Half the time I lived in CA, I spent stuck on the 5(or stuck inside avoiding the smog)

    • kpow55 - Dec 16, 2012 at 2:01 AM

      I lived in MI for 25 years, there are some nice peeps and great parts 40 plus miles from the city, now live in SoCal. Both are nice but its like a decent looking neighbor vs Scarlet Jo.

      Detroit, (not MI as a whole) truly is the left armpit of the USA and currently imploding.

      If you can stomach it, more power to you.

      • juanhughjazz - Dec 17, 2012 at 8:52 PM

        Downtown is great. There’s so much going on there now. Night and day different than 10 years ago. But as in most things, there’s good and bad with any place to live. Michigan will be much more appealing to you when SoCal runs out of fresh water.

    • sirrealrainman - Dec 17, 2012 at 7:17 PM

      I lived in MI for 13 years (Trammel, Whitiker, Parrish).
      I lived in So. Cal. for 16 years (the rest have been in Northern California.)

      Michigan folk are awesome down to earth midwest folk.
      Michigan has wonderful summers.
      But can’t compare to So. Cal. weather. Constant good weather, no humidity, no (rarely) mosquitoes.
      If you wan’t snow, you can drive to it. You have ocean, desert, mountains. Simply drive to them.

      I still sometimes miss MI for some strange reasons: Good midwest folks, Fireflies, thunder & lightning. Shooting stars. The way it smells after it rains…

      • juanhughjazz - Dec 17, 2012 at 8:47 PM

        CA is ok to visit. I couldn’t get past the traffic, smog, and all the people(too many)

        As for a baseball player, they are there for the best 8 months of the year(and they’re somewhere else half the time) I don’t see that as a reason not to sign in De twa.

      • sirrealrainman - Dec 18, 2012 at 3:12 PM

        All true juanhughjazz.
        We vacationed in Florida during the winter just like everyone else.

  9. joerymi - Dec 16, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    With the Tigers having Berry as a 4th outfielder, and seemingly a desire to give Kobernus a shot in the infield, I would imagine they are shooting for a bullpen arm. I am not sure the Angels have what they are looking for, unless they really think Porcello is going to really break out and are willing to overpay for him.

    Plus, both of these teams have to be 1 and 2 as far as AL power-rankings. Not sure if either team wants to help their biggest obstacle for a WS run.

  10. lyon810 - Dec 16, 2012 at 7:26 AM

    We don’t want Rick.

  11. revzoom - Dec 16, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    So why is the picture of Verlander and not Porcello?

  12. sparty0n - Dec 16, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    I’ve thought for a long time that Procello was an NL pitcher. I do think the Tigers should trade him. But, I wouldnt do anything to help the Angels get better if I were DD.

  13. tigerfan4life - Dec 16, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    That is porcello in the pic.

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