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Orioles and Mariners have discussed trade for Tigers’ Rick Porcello

Dec 20, 2012, 8:06 PM EST

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The Tigers lost one potential suitor for Rick Porcello after the Angels acquired left-hander Jason Vargas from the Mariners yesterday, but the young right-hander is still drawing plenty of interest around the majors.

FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Mariners and Orioles are among the teams who have talked to the Tigers about a possible trade involving Porcello. Morosi reported earlier today that the Orioles are in talks with free agent left-hander Joe Saunders, so Porcello would represent an alternative track. If the Mariners don’t find a replacement for Vargas via trade or free agency, they could give Blake Beavan a rotation spot until one of their youngsters are ready.

Porcello, who turns 24 next week, owns a 4.55 ERA over his first four seasons in the majors. The 2007 first-round pick earned $3.1 million this past season while posting a 4.59 ERA and 107/44 K/BB ratio over 176 1/3 innings. He’s on track to get another raise in arbitration this winter and remains under team control through 2014.

  1. shawnuel - Dec 20, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    M’s officials say that they aren’t willing to give up what Detroit is requesting for “Rick”.

    • historiophiliac - Dec 20, 2012 at 11:19 PM

      I kind of figured the same would be true of the O’s — wouldn’t want to part with the players we’d ask for.

  2. pappageorgio - Dec 21, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    I think there’s a god chance RP is still playing for the Tigers next year. Everything I’ve heard so far is that the “interested” teams are offering players that they’re actively trying to get rid of….ones that the Tigers don’t really want either.

    Porcello isn’t a player we need to move. It’s not like he’s a guy who the Tigers will have a rough time finding a spot for if not traded. He’s a pretty good ground ball pitcher who’s a bit of a bad fit with our D. DD won’t let him go for a bag of baseballs and he shouldn’t.

  3. philliesblow - Dec 21, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Unless someone gives a Godfather offer, I say hold on to him at least until we know that Scherzer is 100% over his should issue from last fall.

  4. 2dmo4 - Dec 21, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    It is being reported on Detroit sports radio that theres a rumor of a possible trade in the works between the Orioles and Detroit. Orioles would receive Peralta & Porcello…Detroit would get JJ Hardy. But this comes from a guy that likes to throw stuff against a wall and sees what sticks…if you know what I mean.

    • sedettiger - Dec 21, 2012 at 6:41 PM

      What Detroit radio guy are you talking about?

      • 2dmo4 - Dec 21, 2012 at 7:03 PM

        Lynn Henning tweeted it. 97.1 was talking about it. Karsch and Anderson.

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