Both the Toronto Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers have a need for pitching. One is in the starting rotation department and the other has...

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.



Brent Cardy resides out of London and is a crazy psychotic blue jays fan. He loves the Broncos and the leafs. His favourite food is pizza and likes long walks on the beach.

  • Pacificana Jay

    March 29, 2014 #1 Author

    Porcello’s numbers are not overly impressive; I would rather have pitching by committee than another iffy starter. He does give you around 200 innings per year I believe tho. So, as long as he’s a ground-ball inducing pitcher, and NOT one to give up a lot of long balls, worthwhile talking to. But I wouldn’t want to give up any good bullpen arms, like Cecil, Santos, or Delabar. And I don’t think anybody wants Happ at this point. They’d have to give us a good 2nd-base to make it interesting, but they just got Kinsler didn’t they? So I can’t see it working, except as a straight cash purchase.


 Team W L % GB STRK
BOSTON 79 61 .564 - 7-3
TORONTO 77 63 .550 2.0 3-7
BALTIMORE 76 64 .543 3.0 5-5
NEW YORK 75 65 .536 4.0 8-2
TAMPA BAY 59 81 .421 20.0 4-6

This game was played on 2016-08-06.
 Home Away Game Record
4 2 111 63-48
FINAL - Streak: 1 Losses
W: Duffy, L: Sanchez, SV: Herrera
Time: 2:36 - Attendance: 35,986

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