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Dombroski: Tigers aren’t interested in trading Rick Porcello

Mar 9, 2014, 7:10 PM EDT

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Refuting recent reports that the Tigers were taking offers on starter Rick Porcello, GM Dave Dombroski told the media that the team isn’t interested in trading any starting pitching and hasn’t fielded any offers on their pitching, per Tony Paul of the Detroit News.

Porcello has been the subject of trade rumors for a while but the Tigers have held off on pulling the trigger, even preferring to move Doug Fister over the off-season instead. Porcello’s ERA has declined in each of the last three seasons. The 25-year-old former first-round pick continues to show up on pundits’ lists of possible break-out candidates.

  1. historiophiliac - Mar 9, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    We really, really need this to be your break out year, P-man. Please, God, nothing like that massacre with the Angels last year this season. Thanks. It’s the consistency that’s the big problem. I think last year, Smyly’s presence pushed him to up his game. I’m hoping he rises to the occasion this year, as Fister’s spot opened up and the kid is nipping at his heels.

  2. jmoroni89 - Mar 9, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Every year it’s the same thing about his potential. The only reason he hasn’t been traded is because he plays behind absolute studs. If this was any other team he would’ve been dealt a long time ago. The season hasn’t already started and I’m dreading reading the line “Porcello pulled after 2 innings and 9 runs”. Same story different year. I hope he FINALLY figures out how to manage a game and not implode on the mound. Sure he has had a couple great games but he’s too inconsistent. Potential. Deal him while he’s still worth something. Don’t we NEED a LF or a new concession stand worker?

    • sparty0n - Mar 10, 2014 at 2:20 AM

      Dude nailed it! Totally agree bro. Trade him while we can

  3. pwshrugged - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Maybe with a competent infield defense, this’ll be his year. Poor Rick, he got butchered so many innings when a routine grounder would squeak past Peralta or Cabrera.

    His peripherals were great last season, and people forget that he’s only 25. I’m a believer.

  4. slizzyslizz - Mar 10, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    I think Dombrowski has earned the benefit of the doubt whenever it comes to personnel…if there is any GM who knows when to hold’em and knows when to fold’em, it’s him.

  5. bostonboresme - Mar 10, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Why would they be?

  6. tigertails203 - Mar 10, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    You “trade Porcello people” seriously need to chill. Granted R.P. hasn’t been as consistent as we’d like him to be…he’d be the first to admit that. But, he’s only 25 yrs old and just now coming into his prime. After trading Prince, in part to cut salary, do you really think we’re going to go find and sign a big name, big salaried SP to replace him as our no.4 starter? And just who would that be? Is Ervin Santana worth Anibal Sanchez type money? At the risk of not being able to re-sign Max?

    People get your head out of your you know what and get a grip. Porcello is in the rotation this year and hopefully for a long time after.

    • bostonboresme - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:28 AM

      I agree, he is still just 25, his prime may be years away. Imagine if he lived up to his potential though…

      Verlander
      Scherzer
      Sanchez
      Porcello
      Smyly

      Yikes. It cracks me up when anyone thinks the Tigers AREN’T winning the central.

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