John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE
The Tigers could end up dealing Porcello before the start of next season.
The Detroit Tigers are reportedly open to trading starting pitcher Rick Porcello, according to Danny Knobler of CBS. Knobler reports that the Tigers are waiting to see where free agent starter Anibal Sanchez ends up and could deal Porcello if they are able to re-sign Sanchez.
Thus far, though, Detroit's reported offers to Sanchez have not been enough to entice him into returning to Detroit ful-time. The market for Sanchez has yet to fully materialize, but with Zack Greinke signed to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sanchez's decision could move about as quickly as he wants it to. According to Knobler, Sanchez is reportedly asking for "quite a bit more money" than the Tigers may be willing to offer.
Last season, Porcello posted a 4.59 ERA, a 1.53 WHIP and a BAA of .310. Porcello struggled both at home and after the All-Star Break, putting up an ERA over 4.70 in both categories. Knobler suggests that the Tigers may have soured on him a bit despite Porcello turning just 24 at the end of December.