Both the Toronto Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers have a need for pitching. One is in the starting rotation department and the other has a need in the bullpen. Rant sports is reporting that the Jays have interest in Rick Porcello.
Porcello would fill one of the key spots in the rotation that Toronto has not yet made a decision on. The Tigers are definitely in need of some bullpen help and Toronto does have the arms at their disposal.
With the emergence of Steve Delabar and Brett Cecil the Jays could possibly look at moving Sergio Santos — the former White Sox closer. Santos, who had a great September for the Jays last year, has had injury problems and was rumored to be a part of some broken down deals this past off-season.
His high 90’s fastball with a great slider and would definitely compliment newly acquired legendary closer Joe Nathan in the bullpen, if he is healthy. The Tigers lost Joaquin Benoit to the Padres, and Jose Veras may not be the set up guy that Brad Ausmus wants to go to in the eighth inning. Veras gave up the series clinching Grand Slam in the ALCS last year to Shane Victorino.
With the Jays glaring starting pitching issue, this trade definitely would make sense for both teams. I also imagine the Jays would send a minor league starter back in return. Or even veteran lefty J.A. Happ.