MLB Offseason: 5 Teams That Could Land Rick Porcello

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MLB Offseason:  5 Teams That Could Land Rick Porcello
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Trading Rick Porcello could be the key to Tigers returning to playoffs in 2012.

The Detroit Tigers made short work of the AL Central this past season, finishing the year 15 games up on its nearest competition.  They eliminated the Buxom Bronx offense in the ALDS but were not up to the task that was the Texas Rangers (or, maybe, just Nelson Cruz) in the ensuing Championship Series.

Pitching wasn't necessarily their problem and won't be in the future.  Justin Verlander and Doug Fister aren't going anywhere at the top of the rotation, as each are under team control for years to come.  Max Scherzer showed that he does, in fact, have the stuff to dominate loaded lineups per his performance in the ALDS.  And Jacob Turner is certainly the future of the rotation. 

With those four arms set to occupy spots 1-3 and 5 in the rotation, respectively, Rick Porcello seems to be the No. 4 guy.  But, can the Tigers get by with five right-handed arms in their rotation?  With postseason foes Boston and New York, it would seem the Tigers need at least one lefty in their rotation to neutralize those threats.

That hole will most likely have to be filled via free agency, but that thought process also leaves Rick Porcello as the odd man out.  With Kid Rick as trade bait, the Tigers could go a number of different ways in strengthening their team for a 2012 run.

First off, Porcello is only 23 years old.  It's foolish to give up on the kid, but when there isn't room there isn't room.  There will be plenty of teams eager to acquire this guy, and most of the suitors should come from the NL, as I believe his game best suits that type of baseball.

Here are five teams that should be interested in adding an arm like Porcello and what the Tigers would want in return in order to best suit their needs.

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