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Rick Porcello rumors: Tigers, Padres continue trade talks

The Padres have turned down Rick Porcello for Houston Street as well as Porcello for Luke Gregerson.

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UPDATE - A Tigers source tells Jim Bowden of ESPN that the Padres have turned down Rick Porcello for Huston Street as well as Porcello for Luke Gregerson. Still, Bowden says talks between the Friars and Tigers continue.

ORIGINAL - The Texas Rangers and San Diego Padres are the teams "most active" on Detroit Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello, according to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. The Baltimore Orioles have also scouted Porcello, but the Boston Red Sox are not currently pursuing the Tigers' starter.

Even as teams continue to express interest in Porcello, there are questions surrounding his availability. General manager Dave Dombrowski has been underwhelmed by the trade offers he's received for the right-hander. Rather than move Porcello, the Tigers could elect to retain him as the No. 5 starter and use Drew Smyly as a long man -- a role that is currently vacant.

Regardless, Rosenthal and Morosi note that it's clear the Tigers will not trade Porcello unless "they receive a strong return." They add that San Diego made an "aggressive" offer for Porcello last week, but they were rebuffed by Detroit, according to a source.

Discussions between the Tigers and Rangers don't appear to be at an advanced stage, but two Texas prospects -- shortstop Leury Garcia and right-hander Nick Tepesch -- are on Detroit's wish list, according to Rosenthal and Morosi. They add that the Tigers have also discussed players like Andrew Bailey, Nolan Reimold and Casper Wells with the Red Sox, Orioles and Seattle Mariners.

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