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The Rangers inquired about Rick Porcello

Mar 5, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

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Matthew posted about Rick Porcello’s excellent outing yesterday and about how scouts from several teams took it on the assumption that Porcello is trade bait.  One team at least is doing more than watching:

The Texas Rangers, still trying to determine a No. 5 starter for their rotation, inquired Monday about Detroit Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello, a source told’s Adam Rubin.

With Martin Perez breaking his arm over the weekend and uncertainty on the back end of their rotation, the Rangers could use a guy like Porcello. And Porcello, one figures, could use a better set of infielders behind him in order to take advantage of his sinking stuff. For their part the Tigers could use relief help.


  1. darthicarus - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Porcello for Andrus.

    • storebrandcookies - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:48 AM

      Nyeh, Those stingy Rangers didn’t want to package Andrus for Justin Upton; I doubt they’ll include him for a #4-5 in Porcello.

      • darthicarus - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:36 AM

        I agree I don’t think they would, but if the Tigers aren’t getting someone to help right now that has value I wouldn’t make a move just to make a move…hence the request for Andrus. Dombrowski is pretty smart when it comes to trades (except for that Renteria deal, that sucked)

    • paperlions - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      If Andrus was available, the Rangers could do far far FAAAAAR better than getting Porcello for him.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        Shut up! You just want him on the Cards.

      • paperlions - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:14 PM

        Andrus? Sure….and the Cardinals have a bevy of better and cheaper pitcher to offer….none of which matters because the Rangers do not appear to be the least bit interested in trading him.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:17 PM

        I know. Darth is just being a homer, and I’m not going to hate on that. Let him have his fun. We’re not getting Andrus for Porcello and we would use Porcello for a more strategic trade anyway.

  2. fordman84 - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Texas will need a 5th starter for about a month. I hope if Texas is testing the waters they aren’t offering much in return. Grimm for Porcello? Texas will have Perez coming back, Colby coming back, and Feliz coming back (in some role) by June.

    I don’t think there is any way Texas would give up much for Porcello, even though he is young and talented, for a few months.

    • pappageorgio - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      I agree that Texas wouldn’t want to give too much for RP. I also know the Tigers aren’t going to give him up for a bag of baseballs. Texas won’t be a good trade fit

      Porcello is a legit #3 starter for a team with a good D behind him. Any team thinking that Dombrowski is just going to give him away is dreaming.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:49 AM

        ha ha Great minds.

      • fordman84 - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        Grimm is obviously not the only piece, but to think Andrus would be involved is absurd. Andrus name has been in talks for JUpton, Stanton, Price, etc. He wouldn’t be headlining a trade for a back of the rotation guy.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      If you think you’re going to get Porcello for peanuts as coverage for a couple of months, you are so wrong.

    • geoknows - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      “For a few months?????”

      Rick Porcello is under team control for three years, and the Rangers would have to pay the Tigers accordingly. He would not be a band-aid or a stopgap. Do you think the Rangers would just release him after he filled “a few months” need?

      • paperlions - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        He is….but he’ll never be cheap, he’s already making $5M+ this year. Over the course of his career, he’s been a below average starter, his walks are okay, he barely Ks anyone, but he gets a lot of GBs. He’ll make at least $20M over the next 3 seasons….why not keep all your players and throw in a few more million to get Lohse, who has been a better pitcher the last couple of years?

    • beefytrout - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      If Feliz is back before September I’ll be shocked.

  3. tcb2nyc - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    You Tiger fans are waaaay overrating a guy with a career ERA over 4.5 and WHIP over 1.4. He’s a below average major league pitcher. He would be the 5th man in the Rangers rotation, and there is a good chance he could be pushed to long relief once Colby Lewis returns a month into the season.

    I understand he’s got some value. But does this sound like a guy any team would give anything more than a middle-of-the-road prospect for? I say he WOULD be a band-aid or a stopgap. Think about it from a point of view other than Detroit’s.

    • paperlions - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      Yep, he certainly has value. With a good defense, he could be a league average pitcher (of course, a good defense helps EVERY pitcher, so you can’t really give Porcello any credit for the quality of his team mates)….but next year he’ll make at least $7.5M and then probably at least $10 the year after that….so…he’ll be paid about what he’s worth….not exactly extra value in there that would justify a team giving up a quality prospect.

      • tcb2nyc - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:05 PM

        At that price, sounds like maybe he could be had for a bucket of balls.

  4. historiophiliac - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    BTW, thank you, Craig, for our daily dose of Tigers awesomeness. <3

  5. coryfor3 - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    I can’t stand these “X inquired about Y” stories. These are things that are only stories now because there is so much media coverage and only so many real stories. I don’t think a GM talking to another GM about maybe trading for a player or trading away a player counts as anything other than the GM doing his job. “Hey- that pitcher might be available and we could use a pitcher. Maybe I’ll make news and make a phone call!”

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