Posted November 11, 2013

Report: Tigers open to trading either Max Scherzer or Rick Porcello

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Max Scherzer will oppose Matt Harvey in Tuesday's All-Star Game. (Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer is entering his final season of arbitration. (Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

The Detroit Tigers have put two of their top pitchers on the market, telling teams they are willing to listen to offers for pitchers Max Scherzer or Rick Porcello, according to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman.

Scherzer had an outstanding season for the Tigers, going 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA and 240 strikeouts and leading the American League with a 0.97 WHIP. He was also the AL’s starting pitcher in the All-Star Game.

Scherzer is a leading candidate to win the AL Cy Young later this week.

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Porcello, 24, went 13-8 with a 4.32 ERA and 142 strikeouts in 29 starts last season. Both Porcello and Scherzer will become free agents after the 2014 season.


7 comments
JohnStevens
JohnStevens

I think is sad when a player's agent leads a team to trade a great player.  I understand why many teams wouldn't want to deal with Boras.  If I ran a team I wouldn't want a single client of his on my roster.  It's just too disruptive to the long-term overall well-being of a franchise.

JoseDuarte
JoseDuarte

try sending pujols back to stlouis

oasis1994
oasis1994

While I understand the business side of trading Max, I still do not get it. Yes, he has Boras as an agent, but the Tigers have a small window for winning. They should hold onto Max and see how this plays out. Trading him would leave a gap in the rotation and Drew Smyly is not proven as a starter yet (Not his fault since Detroit has a nice 5 man rotation).  

Another issue is injuries. The Tigers have  not dealt major injuries to their starting pitching for an entire season in a while. If one man goes down, then what? You just traded Max, Porcello, or maybe both.

No team out there is going to trade for Prince Fielder, except maybe the Angels, but Detroit would need to take John Hamilton's or Pujol's contract in return, so forget that.

Detroit needs to focus on a closer. Sign Nathan and call it a day (I would still be afraid with him closing games).

If the Tigers end up trading a guy, I would say trade Porcello only and try trading him to the Phillies for Pappelbon and pay his contract. I think the Phillies would do that; they get younger, maybe get another young prospect and the Tigers get a proven closer.

Listen - the Indians are good (if they can retain some starting pitching, the Royals are going to be much better this year (I think) and who knows how the White Sox are going to look. I don't see them being as bad as last season. The only team I wouldn't worry about are the Twins; they can't pitch. 

umpiresneedballs
umpiresneedballs

I would never trade a guy like Scherzer who is in his prime. What they ought to do to lighten up their payroll some to eventually help sign Scherzer is trade Prince Fielder and put Cabrera back at first base where he belongs.

rjfisher72
rjfisher72

@umpiresneedballs nobody wants Prince's contract, not even the Tigers with the way Prince played in 2013. Detroit is stuck with Fielder for another 7 seasons and about $166 million, gulp. 

kyyled5
kyyled5

@JohnDThorpe @umpiresneedballs I'd say send him to San Fran but we don't have the prospects. It'd be nice to see someone launching balls into the bay again though...

How about Prince for Gary Brown, Pablo Sandoval, and a bag of baseballs?