As questions from reporters go, Rick Porcello as a closer wasn't the craziest idea that manager Jim Leyland has ever heard. Judging by his answer on Monday, it wasn't even high up on the crazy list. "I don't know that that's necessarily a wild thought," Leyland answered. Whether it's realistic is another question. At this point, with about three and a half weeks of Spring Training left, it isn't in the works yet. It wasn't on Porcello's mind after he tossed four scoreless innings against the Astros on Monday afternoon. He wasn't even thinking about trade rumors, or the scouts in the stands. The roster decisions are above his pay grade, he said before correcting himself and saying they're not his job. "I've said it before -- I'm an established starter in the big leagues," Porcello said. "I believe that I'm going to go win the job, and that's it. I'll leave it at that." Nevertheless, the closer comment was an interesting one from a manager who is historically not in the camp of baseball people who believe that any reliever can be a closer. Leyland said as far back as January that Porcello could land in the bullpen if he doesn't beat out second-year left-hander Drew Smyly for the fifth spot in the rotation, but closer wasn't a role that came up.
Porcello as closer not 'wild' idea to Leyland
MLB.com | Mar 5