Rick Porcello could be shipped out of Detroit soon. (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

Rick Porcello Rumor Roundup

Now that the Detroit Tigers have welcomed Anibal Sanchez back with a kind gesture of $80 million over five years, their payroll includes six proven starting pitchers. That’s one more than they need, and reports soon surfaced that the Tigers were consequently listening to inquiries on the availability of Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly. There’s no guarantee they’ll move anyone, but given Porcello could make about $4.7 million next season through arbitration, it seems intuitive Detroit will make an effort to discard him.

Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reported Monday that, within three hours of the Sanchez signing, the Tigers had already heard from a dozen teams on Porcello.

This morning, Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com wrote that the Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles and San Diego Padres had all contacted Dave Dombrowski about the right-hander. He relayed the belief that Seattle and Baltimore had more active interest than San Diego.

Knobler has also linked the Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Angels, Philadelphia Phillies, Minnesota Twins, and Kansas City Royals to Porcello.

He said the Rangers had been asking for Porcello before the Sanchez deal, but ruled out shortstops Elvis Andrus or Jurrickson Profar as trade pieces.

The Angels, who could offer Peter Bourjos or Mark Trumbo from an outfield surplus, have since acquired pitching from Seattle in Jason Vargas. The Phillies added John Lannan to their rotation since sources relayed their interest in Porcello. Knobler wisely suggested enough suitors exist that Detroit shouldn’t need to partner with the Royals or Twins for a trade.

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review tweeted Wednesday that the Pittsburgh Pirates had interest, but commented that a straight swap for their closer, Joel Hanrahan, wouldn’t entice Detroit. Knobler also wrote the Tigers “don’t like” Hanrahan. The Pirates have since added Francisco Liriano to their rotation regardless.

Some have speculated that the Chicago Cubs might be interested in Porcello, but they signed Edwin Jackson to a four-year deal yesterday. Troy Renck of the Denver Post has said the Colorado Rockies have some interest in Porcello, but it’s not particularly serious.

If the Tigers are going to trade Porcello, it appears right now the most serious bidders are the Mariners, Orioles, and Rangers.

Read more Porcello commentary at MCB: Matt Snyder wrote flipping him for a relief pitcher would be wasteful. John Verburg advocated the Tigers trading him even before they re-signed Sanchez. Chris Hannum believes moving him now would be selling low.

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  • Tim OConnor

    I trust DD not to give him away. If the market isn’t right, right now, then hold onto him. Play the card later, when the market might be more favorable. I think making good trades is, by and large, one of DD’s strengths. Obviously, it would easy to pick out a couple that didn’t work out so well. People are always quick to point out the Jurrjens trade, but it’s not like he’s turned out to be all that and a bag of chips or anything.

    Anyway – I hope you all (and all of yours) have a wonderful Holiday season.

    • chrisHannum

      You’re right, Tim, I think that Renteria for Jurrjens trade wasn’t as big of a flop as it was made out to be. I’d say that it “feels” worse not so much because Jurrjens was amazing but because Renteria was much worse than advertised and he got a big share of the blame for that awful flop in 2008. I’d point the finger (as far as bad trades go) more at the Jacque Jones for Omar Infante deal made after acquiring Renteria – though since the latter would never have occurred without the former maybe we should think of it as one, single, big blotch on Dombrowski’s record.

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