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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.
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
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.
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
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.