MLB trade rumors: Rick Porcello generating a lot of interest

Doug Pensinger

With the re-signing of Anibal Sanchez now official, it would seem that Rick Porcello has been crowded out of the Tigers rotation.

Following the re-signing of Anibal Sanchez, the Detroit Tigers reportedly received over a dozen calls regarding the availability of starting pitcher Rick Porcello, according to CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler. The Angels, Pirates, and Padres have all reportedly shown some interest in the 24-year-old righty, but so far no team has really wowed the Tigers with an offer.

If he remains with the Tigers, Porcello would look to be the team's 6th best starting pitcher behind Justin Verlander, Doug Fister, Max Scherzer, Anibal Sanchez, and Drew Smyly, so a trade makes sense.

Porcello is an undeniably talented pitcher, but has struggled with consistency throughout his career, and has been the victim of some bad luck. He has a 48-42 record and a career ERA of 4.55. However, Porcello consistently has a FIP and xFIP considerably lower than his ERA, and he hasn't had a BABIP against lower than .300 since his rookie year.

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