Steve Harrison wrote:I agree with Alex's suggestion of a Rick Porcello for Jim Johnson + pieces trade. Porcello is an experienced pitcher that knows how to win ball games in pressure situations that is still 24 years old. Yes, he will probably earn a sizable raise in arbitration but that will pale in comparison to the $10 million that Johnson is due to pitch another 70 innings. I like the trade on a basis of younger, cheaper, more innings. My only question is to why you think Porcello's numbers will improve with Baltimore's defense? Yes Cabrera is nowhere near Manny (with the glove) but Iglesias is more talented than Hardy and I would consider the right side of the infield a wash. I know Davis was a GG finalist but Fielder has been great in his career, 3 times leading the league in fewest errors at his position.
First, welcome to the forum. I hope we'll hear much more from you.
Second, very solid first post. We give out Reputation Points for well considered and/or well researched submissions. You just earned your first POINT.
Third, some of what you posted is TRUE, but it's also not ACCURATE. Let me explain.
Cabrera isn't a hitter with a glove; he's a BUTCHER that can hit. Ozzie Smith could not have covered for him. Iglesias may have more talent. but Hardy is a much better defender. He's consistently plus with the glove and his throws and he has plus range. It's not even close. IMO Fielder is not even an average defender anymore. NO RANGE. None. So the error rate means nothing if you're not getting to the balls in play. Davis is only above average and he's light years better than Fielder.
Porcello is a ground ball pitcher and he was probably gun shy about allowing hitters to make contact because the results were too often ugly. I think he would be a good acquisition, but I wouldn't offer anything more than Johnson and maybe some money. The Tigers NEED, NEED a solid back end of their bullpen and the "free" agent is full of over priced has beens.
The Tigers need us more than we need them.