There have been plenty of trade rumors mentioning Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello of Chester. But general manager Dave Dombrowski shut those down,
Sort of. Dombrowski actually admitted teams have asked about Detroit’s starting pitchers, “but we’re not looking to move our starting pitchers. It doesn’t mean anybody can’t inquire about them — I imagine a lot of clubs would like one of our guys. But we’re not in a position of going with two young starters.”
The Red Sox were reportedly interested in acquiring Porcello in exchange for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, ESPN’s Jayson Stark tweeted Wednesday.
Detroit tendered a contract offer to Porcello, who made $8.5 million last season, before the Tuesday-night deadline. He is arbitration-eligible in 2015 — projected to make $12.2 million — and can become a free agent afterward.
Major League Baseball’s winter meetings begin Monday in San Diego.