The Detroit Tigers have been shopping Rick Porcello almost all winter, and no offers have stuck for very long. Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski has made it very clear that they are in no hurry to ship the young right hander out of town for anything less than a great deal. Detroit wants to move Porcello for a shortstop and some young talent but nothing has really materialized.
The Arizona Diamondbacks just moved coveted outfielder Justin Upton to the Atlanta Braves and they seem to not be done trading. It’s rumored that they are interested in Porcello, and would be willing to package a shortstop with a pitching prospect. Once the deal goes official with Atlanta, they would be trading shortstop Nick Ahmed who they just acquired from Atlanta. Ahmed was listed as the ninth best prospect in the Braves organization and made an impression on the Diamondbacks. He’s only played 2 years of minor league ball but he attended the University of Connecticut and had a very successful collegiate career. He played shortstop and pitched for the Huskies. He’s shown to have a strong arm and he plays great defense. The only problem is that he’s struggled to hit so far in his short career. In his first season with Single-A Lynchburg he only hit .269 and hit only 6 home runs, but did have an amazing 40 stolen bases.
The pitching prospect has yet to be named but as it stands, I don’t know if Ahmed would be a good addition. He seems to have some talent and promise but I don’t know if it would be worth giving up one of the young arms the Tigers have in order get him. I would have to wait and see who the pitching prospect was to give a final opinion on the trade but for me, I would have to be impressed by the pitcher named. It seems to be a given that Porcello will be traded at some point but now, it’s just the question of who wants him for the right price.