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MLB trade rumors: Pirates, Padres interested in Rick Porcello?

With Anibal Sanchez under contract, the Tigers suddenly have a surplus of starting pitchers, and a couple teams might be interested in dealing for Rick Porcello.

Doug Pensinger

The Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres are among the teams interested in trading for Detroit Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello, who's become available following the Tigers' signing of Anibal Sanchez to a five-year deal, according to ESPN's Jim Bowden.

Sanchez has agreed to a five-year, $80 million contract with Detroit, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported Friday, one day after the pitcher had purportedly agreed to a five-year, $75 million contract with the Chicago Cubs. Sanchez boasts a career 48-51 record and 3.75 ERA in six-year big league career, most of which was spent with the Miami Marlins.

The Marlins dealt Sanchez and Omar Infante to the Tigers just ahead of the July trade deadline. Sanchez went 4-6 with a 3.74 ERA in 12 starts for the Tigers and looked even better in three postseason starts, going 1-2 with a 1.77 ERA:

Porcello made 31 starts last season, going 10-12 with a 4.59 ERA. He pitched only 1.1 innings in the postseason, allowing no hits on zero walks and a strikeout. For his career, Porcello has a 48-42 record and 4.55 ERA.