Detroit Tigers righthander Rick Porcello sparkled on the mound again Wednesday, despite dealing with the ongoing speculation that he will be dealt before opening day.

Porcello allowed just one hit and an unearned run in 6 2/3 innings. In 18 Grapefruit League innings, he has a 2.50 ERA, 18 strikeouts and no walks.

Yet he remains a popular name in trade rumors. Earlier this week, reported the Texas Rangers and San Diego Padres are the two teams most interested in acquiring Porcello. The Baltimore Orioles also are in the mix. The report added that that Tigers will not trade Porcello unless they get a strong package in return.

Porcello, 24, went 10-12 with a 4.59 ERA in 31 starts last season. In four full seasons in the majors, he is 48-42 with a 4.55 ERA.

Porcello is competing with lefthander Drew Smyly for the final spot in the Tigers’ rotation, but there is a growing sentiment that Smyly could be used as a long reliever. In 16 1/3 innings this spring, Smyly has a 3.86 ERA.