Posted March 05, 2013

Report: Rick Porcello trade eyed by Rangers

The Rangers are reportedly interested in a trade for the Tigers' Rick Porcello. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Rangers are reportedly interested in a trade for the Tigers’ Rick Porcello. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Texas Rangers have asked the Detroit Tigers about a potential trade for starting pitcher Rick Porcello, according to a report from ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin.

The Rangers are looking for a fifth starter to round out their rotation, and they have been unimpressed with their own candidates during spring training. On Sunday, 24-year-old right-hander Justin Grimm struggled, and 21-year-old Martin Perez fractured a bone in his forearm that will sideline him for four weeks.

Porcello’s name has been involved in trade rumors since the Tigers re-signed Anibal Sanchez in the offseason.

A highly touted prospect, Porcello has failed to live up to the hype that surrounded him upon his ascension to the majors in 2009. He has a career record of 48-42 with a 4.55 ERA, including a 10-12 record and 4.59 ERA last season.

But Porcello also induced the sixth-most ground balls in the majors last season (51.4 percent), leading to a wide assumption that his numbers would look much better if he had a more reliable defense behind him.


The would have to give up two of the following -- Dave Murphy, Profar or Andrius, and Luis Sardinas.  The Tigers would be fools to trade a good young pitcher who has yet to reach his ceiling for anything less.  Remember, good starting pitching is the hardest to come by.


And in return for Porcello the Rangers would part with..... ?