Tigers deal Porcello to Red Sox for Cespedes

The Tigers and Red Sox have a trade in place that would send outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to Detroit in exchange for starting pitcher Rick Porcello, a source told MLB.com’s Jason Beck.

Neither club has commented on the proposed deal. The trade was first reported by C.J. Nitkowski.

The Red Sox are reportedly sending right-hander Alex Wilson and another Minor League pitcher to the Tigers to complete the deal, according to Alex Speier of WEEI.com.

With Porcello, the Red Sox continue to restock their rotation. He pitched over 200 innings this season for the first time in his six-year career, going 15-13 with a 3.43 ERA and three shutouts. Porcello will be 26 at the end of the month.

Cespedes adds a power bat to the Tigers’ lineup. The left fielder collected 22 home runs, 36 doubles and 100 RBIs last season in 152 games with the A’s and Red Sox. Boston acquired him from Oakland at the Trade Deadline in the deal for Jon Lester. Cespedes is in the final year of his contract and became a serious trade candidate once the Sox signed Hanley Ramirez to play left field.

The Tigers cannot gain a Draft pick if Cespedes leaves as a free agent after the season, because his contract prevents his team from making a qualifying offer.

–Austin Laymance

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