Jim Johnson: Why the Tigers Made a Mistake Not Trading for the Orioles Closer

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Jim Johnson: Why the Tigers Made a Mistake Not Trading for the Orioles Closer
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The Detroit Tigers made it no secret they were shopping right-handed starting pitcher Rick Porcello all offseason.

The Tigers discussed trade possibilities with any team willing to listen, but it appeared that Detroit wasn't on the same page with any of the teams that were interested in a possible deal.

The Tigers didn't come close to a legitimate deal until the Orioles started talking about trading shortstop J.J. Hardy for Porcello.

Baltimore took Hardy off the table shortly after the two sides began talking, but according to FoxSports.com's Jon Morosi, the Orioles tried to counter with closer Jim Johnson.

But before really considering a deal for Johnson, the Tigers offered Porcello a $5.1 million contract on Friday, putting a halt to all the rumors of him being traded.

Here are the three reasons the Tigers should have pulled the trigger and traded Porcello for Johnson:

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