“The Rangers are just one of the clubs talking to the Tigers about right-hander Rick Porcello,” Rosenthal said. “The [San Diego Padres] also are interested in Porcello, but not at the price of one of their top relievers, major league sources say.
“Porcello, 24, remains promising but isn’t an easy sell — he’s earning $5.1 million this season, and his ERA-plus the past three seasons is 88. The average ERA-plus — ERA adjusted to league and ballpark — is 100.”
Porcello would fill the No. 5 role in the Texas rotation behind Yu Darvis, Matt Harrison, Derek Holland and Alexi Ogando. Porcello would likely be the odd man out in a Detroit rotation that boasts Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Doug Fister, Anibal Sanchez and Drew Smyly.
However, Porcello has shown enough in his four-year major league career to warrant interest as quality piece to other teams’ starting rotations. The 24-year old right-hander has started 120 games, owns a career ERA of 4.55 and has struck out five batters per nine innings.
Rival executives tell Rosenthal that the Los Angeles Angels are a perfect fit for Porcello, but that the Angels seem committed to their current rotation. The greatest competitor with the Rangers for Porcello may in fact be the Padres. Rosenthal does note, however, that a key restriction may keep the Padres and Tigers from making a deal: San Diego does not want to give up a “top reliever” for the young hurler.