Source: Craig Calcaterra, NBC Sports
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports has tweeted:
#tigers have told teams they're open to trading either scherzer or porcello
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 11, 2013
Trading Porcello gets you talent for an MLB-regular starting pitcher, with the Tigers likely believing that Porcello’s production can be matched or exceeded my making Drew Smyly a regular.
With Scherzer you have the “plug in Smyly” option there of course, but it’s way more about getting peak value and return in a trade of a starter while avoiding having to think about an extension.
When you have a lot of starting pitching like the Tigers do, you at least have options.