Things are heating up around the MLB as winter meetings began this December. Representatives from all 30 teams gather for four days full of transactions and trades, commonly known as “MLB’s hot stove.”
The Detroit Tigers made a big trade today dealing right-handed pitcher Rick Porcello to the Boston Red Sox for Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes. Porcello has been with the Tigers since 2009 and has six seasons of starting pitcher under his belt at the young age of 25.
Porcello has proven himself a reliable starting pitcher, winning 28 games over the past two seasons. He made his living with Tigers getting a lot of groundouts and few walks. In 2014, he ranked 20th among qualified starters with a walks/nine inning rate of 1.80.
Cespedes will be welcomed with open arms in the Motor City. Cespedes provides a big arm in leftfield, which has been a missing piece in the Tigers outfield recently. He showed off his arm strength twice last year against the Los Angeles Angles. First, gunning Howie Kendrick at home and he nailed Albert Pujols at the third base.
Cespedes will also make the pitcher’s ballpark in Comerica look much smaller with his power. In 2014, he hit 22 homeruns and had a slugging percentage of .450.
I have always been a fan of Rick Porcello. He received a lot of criticism in the early stages of his career for not producing to his potential. However, Porcello won a lot of Tigers fans the past two seasons. I think it was a good trade for both the Tigers and Red Sox but I’m still sad to see Ricky P go. Here is my personal favorite Rick Porcello moment in his time spent with the Tigers.