Rick Porcello SP DET 6 Days

Rick Porcello was tagged for five runs and 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Padres.

Despite having their big groundball pitcher on the mound tonight, the Tigers played Miguel Cabrera at third and Victor Martinez at first in the NL park. Porcello ended up allowing 10 hits, though to be fair, few were cheapies (five went for extra bases, including Chase Headley's homer). It was after he left in the seventh that the defense really struggled, getting him charged with a run he probably didn't deserve. Porcello finished the game with five strikeouts and no walks. Fortunately, Cabrera will be back at first next time Porcello takes the mound.

Rick Porcello SP DET 24 Days

Rick Porcello surrendered six runs in six innings Tuesday in a loss to the Braves.

Porcello rebounded well from a three-run first, only to give up two homers at the end of his outing in the sixth. Obviously, it's been a disappointing spring for him with his 7.85 ERA, but he actually has a 15/2 K/BB ratio in 18 1/3 innings and he hasn't always had a major league infield working behind him. We still like him as a mixed-league starter, just not as much as we did before Jose Iglesias went down.

Rick Porcello SP DET 1 Month

Rick Porcello surrendered five runs in four innings Friday against the Nationals.

Porcello seems like a better choice than ever with the Tigers sporting an improved infield defense this year, but the spring results have been less-than-stellar: he's given up 10 runs in 12 1/3 innings. On the plus side, he has a 10/1 K/BB ratio.

Rick Porcello SP DET 3 Months

Tigers avoided arbitration with RHP Rick Porcello by agreeing to a one-year, $8.5 million contract.

It was the third of four arbitration years for Porcello. The right-hander posted another disappointing 4.32 ERA in 2013 but saw his peripherals improve. He should benefit greatly from an improved Tigers defense in 2014.

Rick Porcello SP DET 5 Months

According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Tigers are expected to trade Rick Porcello this offseason.

The Tigers are known to be shopping both Porcello and Max Scherzer, and Olney believes that with the team in a position to contend for a World Series title, that trading Porcello is the most likely scenario. Porcello, who is still just 24-years-old, has already racked up 61 victories in his first five seasons and is under team control through 2015.

Rick Porcello SP DET 5 Months

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Tigers have been telling teams that they're open to trading either Rick Porcello or Max Scherzer this offseason.

Scherzer is the 2013 Cy Young Award favorite in the American League and will likely draw much more interest, but Porcello would come far cheaper in a trade and is under contractual control for one year longer. Porcello posted a decent 4.32 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 142/42 K/BB ratio in 177 innings this past summer for Detroit. He'll be a free agent after the 2015 season. Scherzer is set to become a free agent next winter.

Rick Porcello SP DET 7 Months

Rick Porcello has been scratched from Friday's start and will instead be available out of the Tigers' bullpen.

Porcello wasn't going to be part of the Tigers' playoff rotation, so the club has decided to go ahead and move him to the bullpen now. Jose Alvarez will get the ball on Friday against the Marlins.

Rick Porcello SP DET 7 Months

Rick Porcello struck out nine batters over 6 2/3 innings Saturday in a no-decision vs. the White Sox.

Detroit wound up winning in the bottom of the 12th inning after staging a massive rally in the bottom of the ninth. Porcello was excellent for a third straight start, yielding just six hits and no walks. He has a 1.25 ERA and 24/3 K/BB ratio over his last 21 2/3 innings.

Rick Porcello SP DET 7 Months

Rick Porcello yielded one run in six innings and struck out 10 versus the Mariners in Monday's victory.

Porcello missed too many bats to go the distance like he did last week against the White Sox, but he was terrific once again. Of course, nothing he does this month will prevent him from being sent to the bullpen come October. The only way that will change is if one of the Tigers' other four starters gets hurt.

Rick Porcello SP DET 7 Months

Rick Porcello allowed one run in a complete-game victory, and the Tigers topped the White Sox 9-1 on Tuesday.

Porcello rebounded from a poor start his last time out to stifle the White Sox, giving up just seven hits and a walk on the night. The right-hander needed just 105 pitches to earn his 12th win. He's slated to face the Mariners on Monday.