Even though the signing of Anibal Sanchez appeared to be his organization's last big move, Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski told Brad Galli of WXYZ-TV that he "would contemplate" a trade involving a starting pitcher in the coming weeks.
The Tigers have been rumored to be heavily shopping right-handed hurler Rick Porcello to interested teams, but have yet to stumble upon an offer strong enough to entice pulling off a deal. Dombrowski also told Galli that he is eager to add another player in left field to compete with Andy Dirks, which would represent the most likely position of upgrade in any trade involving a pitcher.
Despite being only 23 years old, Porcello has four full seasons of big-league experience under his belt to offer prospective teams. He has picked up double-digit victories in every year to begin his career, and finished with his highest single-season strikeout total this past season with 107. No longer considered the same type of elite prospect he was once billed as, Porcello would still likely command a respectable amount of talent in return due to both his experience and first-round pedigree.
Dave Dombrowski says the team "would contemplate" the idea of trading a starting pitcher, but they don't want to make a move without reason.— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) December 17, 2012