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The Tigers are open to trading either Max Scherzer or Rick Porcello

Nov 11, 2013, 3:57 PM EDT

There’s a big gulf between those two, but for what it’s worth:


The motives behind trading these guys differ, of course. Trading Porcello gets you talent for an MLB-regular starting pitcher, with the Tigers likely believing that Porcello’s production can be matched or exceeded my making Drew Smyly a regular.  With Scherzer you have the “plug in Smyly” option there of course, but it’s way more about getting peak value and return in a trade of a starter while avoiding having to think about an extension.

There’s no such thing as having too much pitching. But when you have a lot of starting pitching like the Tigers do, you at least have options.

  1. twilson962 - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Hmm… I wonder if the Nats have enough in the farm system to get Sherzer.

    • chip56 - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:12 PM

      Tigers aren’t going to want minor league players – they’re going to want players who can help them at the ML level right now.

      You would have to think that Detroit would want a 3b or OF back for Scherzer.

      • chip56 - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:13 PM

        And by 3b – I anticipate them moving Miggy to 1b and Fielder to DH in a year.

      • stex52 - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:20 PM

        You mean go with a first baseman who will at least catch the ball occasionally and a third baseman who can really field the position?


      • chip56 - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:21 PM

        Yup…that and I don’t know how many more times Prince can land after diving for a ball and the stadium remain standing.

  2. proudlycanadian - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    They Jays would be willing to offer some hard throwing relief pitchers for old Blue Eye.

  3. martywinn - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    What about Craig Kimbrell of the Braves for Max Scherzer?

    • ezthinking - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      Smoke crack much?

    • mikeyr1989 - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:33 PM

      Maybe if freddie freemen was part of that. Not 1for1

  4. ezthinking - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Tigers are win now. A Scherzer trade is just bait for building up Porcello and Smyly. Porcello is five years younger than Scherezer. Scherzer made his MLB debut at Porcello’s age for this season. Smyly is Porcello’s age.

    They’ll both step in when the season hits 2015. Bora,s typically, is using Heyman to drive up interest in Scherzer for 2015.

  5. tigers182 - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    The Tigers are looking to trade Scherzer because of his contract. I doubt they’ll want veterans in return as any veteran worth trading for will have a large contract.

    Look for them to trade for major league ready prospects similar to the last Scherzer trade. The Cardinals, if interested, would be likely trade partners as they have 5-6 players who would fit their needs with 1 year or less experience.

    • brewcrewchamps - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      I really don’t see the Cards wanting him. They have about seven average to good to wainwright starting pitchers.

      They do have the younger players but they’re sitting good right now. Which sucks for a Brewers fan like myself.

    • ezthinking - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      Cards aren’t looking for pitching.

  6. racksie - Nov 11, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Great a starting pitcher the Twins desperately need, and they have no chance because it is within the division, and they can’t give up anything of value for either one.

  7. weaselpuppy - Nov 11, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    No big surprise here. Porcello netting a very good 8th inning setup guy and a C prospect is enough IMO. Smyly is ready. Porcello improved his K% enough this year to see possible further development.

    • gloccamorra - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:59 PM

      Set up guy? What about a closer?

  8. hieronymous27 - Nov 11, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    The Tigers biggest need in the off-season is to shore up the bullpen. They will undoubtedly sign a free agent to be their closer for 2014. The question is do you trade Scherzer for a couple of guys to be set up men to pitch the 7th and 8th inning? The Tigers won their division by the slimmest of margins – 1 game. Trading Porcello and hanging on to Scherzer makes more sense IMHO.

    • spursareold - Nov 12, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      They won the division by one game, but clinched with a larger lead than that and rested guys. It isn’t rocket science.

      Oh, and a probable Cy Young award winner had BETTER net more than just a couple of set up guys.

  9. drewzducks - Nov 11, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Crystal Gale. Always easy on the eye(s).

  10. braven4evr - Nov 11, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Hey Orioles are you dialing yet?

  11. dcfan999 - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Porcello stinks

  12. joerymi - Nov 12, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    It would have to be a deal that is like the one that brought Scherzer to Detroit. Multiple teams will need to be involved.

    A contender that wants Scherzer will need a high level prospect or two that can be sent to a non-contender in exchange for a high level talent on their current roster being sent to Detroit. Detroit’s “win now” mood doesn’t seem to fit for a prospect goodie bag heading to Detroit. And no contender looking for a year of Scherzer is going to deplete their starting roster, as that would defeat the purpose.

    • spursareold - Nov 12, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      Detroit isn’t going to take crap for him, so if you’re trading for him, you’d better step up with a primo offer, and be prepared to run the Boras gauntlet and re-sign him.

      Max Scherzer is an ace on probably 25+ MLB teams.

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