Detroit Tigers Pitchers Who Might Be Worth Trading Instead of Rick Porcello

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Detroit Tigers Pitchers Who Might Be Worth Trading Instead of Rick Porcello
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Pitcher Rick Porcello, 24, has been linked to trade talks since the Detroit Tigers re-signed pitcher Anibal Sanchez to a 5-year, $80 million deal in December and since Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski told Lynn Henning of the Detroit News, "You can't have six starters." In the same article, Dombrowski said about the other young Tigers starter, Drew Smyly, "he's ready to pitch." 

Since then, fans and the media have been following which teams are interested in trading for Porcello. First it was the Baltimore Orioles, then it was the Seattle Mariners and now it's the Arizona Diamondbacks.

I have been an advocate of Porcello staying with the Tigers due to his age and his potential to become a No. 2 or No. 3 pitcher in the starting rotation. It's too soon to give up a pitcher with his potential, who already has 48 career wins. Instead of trading Porcello, there are a few candidates from the Tigers' organization who should be traded instead.

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