Just when everything seemed calm and relaxed….
Despite many rumors yesterday, particularly in the evening that the Detroit Tigers were about to make a move, it wasn’t until early today that the action started. The Tigers have acquired outfielder Yoenis Cespedes in a deal that sends Rick Porcello to the Boston Red Sox.
The 29-year-old Cuban product brings the bat and outfield defense Motown so badly craves. With his presence in Detroit, this would mean that Martinez could take RF duties, Cespedes in LF, and possibly a Gose/David platoon in CF. It’s an almost automatic fix as Cespedes would bring stability, and serve as a centerpiece in the Comerica Park confines.
Somebody has to make up for the loss of Torii Hunter’s offensive production, and with 22 HR, 100 RBI, and a .260 BA in 2014, Cespedes would make up for Hunter and much more. Granted, it would be nice to see that average come up a little bit but his power makes up for it. An above average fielder, Cespedes led AL outfielders with 16 assists
Porcello, 25, spent six seasons in Detroit, accumulating a career 4.30 ERA and a 76-63 record. Boston is desperate for pitching, and the young Porcello will certainly serve their rotation well.
Both Cespedes and Porcello are free agents after the 2015 season.
It also appears the Tigers are working on a follow-up trade to bring a starting pitcher over from the Cincinnati Reds. Multiple reports have stated the Tigers and Reds are working on something, though nothing has been announced.
Stay with Motor City Bengals for details on another possible trade and discussion on Cespedes, Porcello and all the off-season moves from the Detroit Tigers.
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