The latest trade rumors regarding the Detroit Tigers have them interested in starting pitchers. The most recent of those rumors involve The San Fransisco Giants Tim Lincecum and Chicago Cubs Starter Matt Garza.
Detroit Tigers scouts were among many at Matt Garza’s last start before the All-Star break. Insiders claim they could have been there to scout Cubs relievers but it is curious that they chose the Garza start to do that.
The Tigers are rumored to be interested in trading for Tim Lincecum as a reliever. But Lincecum has recently reestablished himself as a starter in the Giants rotation so he could conceivably be acquired to fill a starters role as well.
While reading between the lines of these trade rumors, it makes me wonder if Dave Dombrowski might be looking to upgrade the fifth spot in the rotation at the 2013 MLB trade deadline. If that’s the case, Matt Garza makes sense for the Tigers as a rental player to upgrade their rotation for a World Series run. Some may also consider former Cy Young award winner Tim Lincecum an upgrade over the inconsistent performance of Porcello.
There are a few good reason the Tigers would want to trade Porcello:
- Rick Porcello has been inconsistant as a fifth starter. He has qulaity starts followed up by 7 run shellings. Having a consistent fifth starter would go a long way to taking pressure off an already fragile bullpen situation.
- The Detroit Tigers are one injury away from Rick Porcello starting in a play-off game. A scary proposition for Dave Dombrowski and the Tigers brain trust considering his tendency to get blown out in a game without any rhyme of reason.
- Trading for a Starting pitcher now gives the Tigers a little insurance in the upcoming contract negotiations with Max Scherzer and super-agent Scott Boras.
- Rick Porcello’s contract is up after the 2015 season. After that he likely will not be a Tiger. Maybe the Detroit Tigers can deal the former first round pick now while he has value instead of just losing him at the end of 2015.