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Leyland: “Not a chance” Porcello gets traded

Apparently Tigers manager Jim Leyland found out about the Rick Porcello trade rumor sometime before the game Friday night. He was not happy, and he went off on it after the game.

“There’s a rumor going around, I don’t know if anybody’s read it, about Rick Porcello being traded,” Leyland said. “I want to make this perfectly clear: That is a blatant lie. I don’t even know where it came from. That’s a blatant lie and it’s irreponsible journalism. There’s not a chance that Rick Porcello is going to be traded. That’s a lie. That’s not even speculation. That’s a total lie. That’s very irresponsible journalism. Trust me when I tell you that. …
“That kind of stuff ticks me off real bad, because that’s total BS. Trust me, it’s total BS. There’s not even a chance that Rick Porcello is going to be traded. In fact, Rick Porcello is going to pitch in Cleveland. There’s not a … chance that he’s going to be [traded].”
– Jason Beck

Porcello pushed back at Toledo

The Tigers have moved back Rick Porcello’s scheduled start for Triple-A Toledo from Friday and Saturday, leading to speculation that Detroit could be lining up their onetime prized prospect to pitch in front of scouts at Toledo rather than on the road. Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com presented the idea, as well as team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski’s unwillingness to list Porcello as “untouchable,” and speculated if he could be a piece in a trade for a starting pitcher such as Arizona’s Dan Haren.

It appears, however, that the Tigers’ decision has more to do with having Porcello rejoin the Tigers next weekend rather than pitch for another team anytime soon. The Tigers have a day-night doubleheader next Saturday at Cleveland, and Dombrowski said earlier this week that one of those games would be a spot start either for somebody from the Minor Leagues or a current reliever. Moving him back a day would set him up to pitch Saturday night on six days’ rest.

The Mud Hens have their All-Star break next Monday through Wednesday, so Porcello can’t be slotted to start Saturday on normal rest. Starting Porcello on Sunday night would make more sense that way, but if that game were to be rained out or his outing rain-shortened, the Tigers would have to ponder other options, or which there are few in Toledo.

Porcello has struggled in his last two starts for the Mud Hens, allowing 10 runs on 17 hits over 13 innings combined. Those numbers don’t add up to a strong resume to start in the big leagues again, but the Tigers don’t have a lot of options. It would be a one-time start until Armando Galarraga rejoins Detroit’s rotation July 20.

A Major League source said the Tigers are not shopping Porcello. As for any trade interest with the Diamondbacks, Arizona shortstop Stephen Drew appears to be a more realistic target than Haren at the moment.

– Jason Beck

Roundup: Tigers looking in Drew’s direction?

In search of middle-infield depth and a stable shortstop, the Tigers are “in the market” for the D-backs’ Stephen Drew, according to FOXSports.com. In Drew, the Tigers could improve their offensive production at shortstop — where a revolving door has led to a team-wide .235 batting average heading into Monday — and get a stable presence there. Drew isn’t a free agent until 2012. 

MLB.com reporter Jason Beck believes the Tigers don’t see Ramon Santiago as a long-term solution at shortstop and added: “If they have a chance to add a young shortstop they could keep around for a few years, there’s a good chance they’ll look into it.”
It’s unknown just how closely the Tigers are monitoring the market for Drew — who, like many of his Arizona teammates, is expected to be made available before the non-waiver Trade Deadline — but they’ll also need help at catcher, starting pitching and possibly reliever at some point, and it’s impossible to think they can get all of that. So they’ll have to prioritize. 
Here’s more from around the league … 
* The Rangers, Twins, Yankees and Mets are among the teams most active in discussions for much-desired starter Cliff Lee, according to FOXSports.com. The Cardinals and Phillies all had scouts watching Lee’s Sunday start — when he gave up a run in eight innings to move his ERA to 2.34 — but aren’t considered to have as strong an interest. The Dodgers also had a scout there, and they’re interested, too. 
* The further the Marlins drop out of the race in the National League East, the more likely it is that they become sellers, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro wrote. The most likely to be jettisoned is probably Jorge Cantu, who is a free agent after this season. So can Nate Robertson, Cody Ross, Dan Uggla and Ricky Nolasco
* The Braves signed veteran outfielder Willy Taveras to a Minor League contract recently and assigned him to Triple-A Gwinnett. Taveras was released last week by the Phillies, marking the third time he’s been released this year. 
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Drew deal would interest Tigers

The Tigers have been looking for a long-term answer at shortstop for at least four years, only to watch prospects falter on the way up through the farm system. So if they have a chance to add a young shortstop they could keep around for a few years, there’s a good chance they’ll look into it. Stephen Drew could be that opportunity if Arizona decides to look into dealing him.

The Tigers have shown interest in Drew, FOXSports.com reports, but it remains to be seen how seriously the Diamondbacks will look into trading him and how much in return it’ll take to pull it off. If Arizona pursues it, the appeal for the Tigers would go beyond this year. The 27-year-old Drew was eligible for arbitration for the first time this past winter, and won’t be eligible for free agency until 2012.

Ramon Santiago has had the majority of playing time at shortstop for much of the year, with prospect Danny Worth also getting starts over the last month since Detroit released Adam Everett this year. But Tigers officials haven’t seen Santiago as an everyday option at short, believing that he physically wears down if he plays too often. The Tigers could go with another infielder to mix in if they’d prefer to make a minor deal, or they could try to solve the position once and for all.

One problem the Tigers face in that, though, is that they have other needs, from catcher to starting pitcher and potentially reliever. They can’t possibly fill them all, so they’re going to have to prioritize ahead of the trade deadline. It’s hard to imagine Detroit getting a young shortstop like Drew without having to part with one of their highly-touted pitching prospects.

– Jason Beck

Roundup: A’s kick off int’l signing with 3B

The international signing period began Friday, 29 days before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, and the Athletics were the first to make an imprint by signing Venezuelan third baseman Renato Nunez to a $2.2 million contract, according to Baseball America.

Nunez, 16, was deemed the top hitter available out of Venezuela this year by several international scouts, Baseball America wrote. The international signing period is for players born outside of the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico and are thus ineligible for the First-Year Player Draft. Players must be 16 years old when they sign and turn 17 by either Sept. 1 or the end of their first pro season, whichever comes later. 
Here’s more from around the league … 
* With Chase Utley out about eight weeks after surgery on his right thumb, the Phillies suddenly need help at second base. And though assistant general manager Scott Proefrock told MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, “I don’t think it’s necessarily a situation where we have to go get somebody,” names like Ty Wigginton, Miguel Tejada and Kelly Johnson have been mentioned. The Orioles recently promoted third baseman Josh Bell, which could make Wigginton and Tejada available. But O’s president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail told MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli that’s not necessarily the case
* Because he’s a free agent after this season, he’ll come rather affordable at a pro-rated share of $8 million, the Mariners are currently not in contention and, well, he has a track record for making an impact on a new team after the Trade Deadline (see: 2009 Phillies), Cliff Lee will likely be the most sought-after player this month. But a source with knowledge of Seattle’s thinking told The New York Daily News the Mariners have not yet made Lee available. A host of teams — most notably the Mets and Dodgers — will undoubtedly be interested when he is. 
* Lee is Plan A for many teams seeking starting pitching, and Roy Oswalt may be Plan B. But Oswalt — making $15 million this season, $16 million next season and with a full no-trade clause in his contract — will be more difficult to acquire. MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart wrote recently that the Astros would be willing to pay a portion of Oswalt’s remaining salary if they get premier prospects in return. 
* The Giants traded Bengie Molina to the Rangers on Thursday. And according to MLB.com’s Chris Haft, that deal could open the door for San Francisco to add a badly needed productive hitter, particularly a corner infielder. 
* The Pirates and Blue Jays, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, are bidding on Mexican pitching prospect Luis Heredia. A source told the Post-Gazette the Blue Jays offered the 15-year-old right-hander $2.8 million, while the Pirates offered $2.5 million. Heredia can’t sign until Aug. 16, when he turns 16. 

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