Rick Porcello: Updating Trade Rumors Swirling Around Tigers Starting Pitcher

Josh Berenter@JBerenterCorrespondent IJanuary 15, 2013

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 04: Rick Porcello #48 of the Detroit Tigers waits on the mound prior to being taken out of the game in the sixth inning while playing the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park on September 4, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Seattle Mariners and the Arizona Diamondbacks are two of the latest teams to reportedly show interest in a trade with the Detroit Tigers for starting pitcher Rick Porcello.

On Monday morning, FoxSports.com's Jon Morosi tweeted that the Mariners and the Diamondbacks have spoken with the Tigers about a package to acquire Porcello.

And the Tigers are listening to all possible suitors.

This offseason, the Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Angels, Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago Cubs have reportedly also shown interest in the Tigers' 24-year-old starter.

Morosi went into more detail later on Monday, releasing a story with the details of the possible trade options, reporting the Tigers would ask for a shortstop, reliever or right-handed outfielder in return for Porcello.

The Tigers have publicly shown a lot of interest in acquiring Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy, and may have considered including Jhonny Peralta in a deal to acquire Hardy.

Morosi took to Twitter again late Monday night, reporting that the Orioles are no longer interested in discussing a trade involving Hardy, but revealed in a story that Baltimore is contemplating shipping closer Jim Johnson to Detroit in exchange for Porcello.

The addition of Johnson might be attractive for the Tigers just in case rookie Bruce Rondon doesn't pan out as the team's new closer.

Johnson, a 29-year-old, right-handed veteran, led the Major Leagues with 51 saves last season and turned in a sizzling 2.49 ERA.

The seventh-year pitcher has spent his entire career with the Orioles and has a lifetime ERA of 3.14.

Porcello, whom Morosi called the best fifth starter in baseball, went 10-12 with a 4.59 ERA last season and hasn't improved over four-year MLB career.

His best year was as a rookie in 2009, when he went 14-9 with a 3.96 ERA in 31 starts. Since then, he's failed to post an ERA under 4.00, and has a record of 34-33 in the last three seasons.

The Tigers haven't been shy about shopping Porcello—who won't be a free agent until 2015—and will have plenty of firepower in the starting rotation next season.

The Tigers signed Anibal Sanchez to a five-year, $80 million contract, and along with Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer and Doug Fister, Detroit expects Drew Smyly to figure into the rotation, which would leave Porcello on the outside looking in.