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Padres, Rangers interested in Rick Porcello

Mar 20, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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According to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports, the Padres and Rangers are the “most active” among teams interested in trading for Tigers’ right-hander Rick Porcello.

I suppose this should make Morosi happy. At least if that activity is exuberant and celebratory. We need far more of that kind of joyous intensity in our trade rumors, guys.

Anyway: R&M report that the Padres made an “aggressive offer” last week, but were turned down. Which is good because if you give in to bullies you only embolden them.

Alright, enough of that nonsense. Go read their report which handicaps the Porcello derby and talks about the sort of return the Tigers are looking for.

My view: I can’t remember the last time a team in serious contention had enough pitching. Heck, even the Reds last year, who had a recent day-historic run of rotation health and stability, found themselves a starter down due to one fluke of bad health in the playoffs.  If I’m the Tigers I keep Porcello, put Drew Smyly down in Toledo and see where things stand in June.  If, in the likely event other holes are found on the team, Porcello could be traded to patch them. As of now: they really don’t what they’ll need over the course of the season.

  1. gigab0t - Mar 20, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    I agree with Craig.

    Look, Jhonny Peralta isn’t the best but he’s serviceable, and I think “closer by committee” is at least worth a shot. Tigers shouldn’t be in a hurry to get rid of Porcello just yet.

  2. worldseriestiger - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Fister was on the DL twice last year, Scherzer once. I see no reason to trade the only option to fill the rotation hole. The Tigers have basically nothing in form of decent starters on the farm, if they trade Porcello and Smyly scuffles or Fister hits the DL, do they go with a 4 man rotation? Use Duane Below for a 3 inning start and tax the bullpen the rest of it?

    No need to trade a 24 with 4 years starting experience that is only counted on for 150-175 IPs

  3. fusionix7 - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Scherzer or Fister are bound to end up on the D.L. at some point and that’s where plugging in Smyly would be beneficial. If they trade Porcello who would they bring up in case of injury Crosby? Keeping Porcello is the right move at this point.

  4. ryanrockzzz - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    If i’m the Phillies I’m keeping an eye on this one. Especially if Halladay can’t get back into form and has to go on the DL for an extended period in the future.

    • paperlions - Mar 20, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      Yes, but what do they have to trade? The Tigers appear to want a lot of return, getting at least two upgrades at corner OF, closer, or SS.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 20, 2013 at 3:16 PM

        It doesn’t have to be all that — but it does have to be something(s) worthwhile. Not seeing that here.

  5. historiophiliac - Mar 20, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Thanks for that daily dose of Tigers awesomeness, Craig. <3

  6. Minoring In Baseball - Mar 20, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    I totally agree. Teams win with pitching and defense, and since the Tigers’ defense isn’t great (it isn’t as bad a some feel it is, either) having more pitching options is a plus. Porcello more valuable than given credit for, too, and has had a solid spring.

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