Jim Leyland talked Sunday about Rick Porcello and how a 24-year-old pitcher "has handled himself terrifically under a little bit of tough circumstances."

The tough circumstances had been addressed by Porcello an hour or so earlier. Politely, he informed a clubhouse media group that he would talk at length about his pitching, which was again superb Sunday in the Tigers' 2-1 victory over the Nationals at Marchant Stadium.

But he said he was finished discussing trades and the well-known fact Porcello is being shopped as the Tigers deal with six starting pitchers for five rotation spots.

Fans wonder why Porcello, rather than another starter, is trade bait. He pitched five innings of three-hit baseball Sunday that included a shattered-bat single.

He has worked 13 innings spanning four Grapefruit League starts. And his numbers sparkle: 10 hits, 14 strikeouts, zero walks. Opposing hitters are batting .208 against him.

And yet the Tigers have all but hung a FOR SALE sign around his neck.

Why Porcello?



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130311/OPINION03/303110346#ixzz2NEnPe9FG