The blockbusters just keep coming. In a deal first reported by CJ Nitkowski of FOXSports.com, the Tigers have agreed to send Rick Porcello to the Red Sox in exchange for Yoenis Cespedes, right-hander Alex Wilson and an unidentified low-level minor leaguer.
The deal, which has been rumored for days, fills needs for both teams, as the Tigers get a power bat in left field and the Red Sox make their second rotation addition of the last few days. Boston will leave the Winter Meetings with Porcello and Wade Miley in their rotation, with a pursuit of James Shields still very much in play.
Porcello, who turns 26 in a few weeks, was one of the most coveted starting pitchers available in trade talks as the Tigers tried to shop both him and David Price in recent weeks. The righty posted a 3.43 ERA in 31 starts for Detroit last year, and is viewed as a high-upside arm who could get a massive deal on the free-agent market as a 27-year old next winter.
Cespedes has been viewed as a likely trade candidate since the Red Sox signed Hanley Ramirez, with the Reds and Mariners among the other teams who were rumored to be interested. He will head to his third team in the last six months, surprisingly being included in two blockbusters with primetime starting pitching headed the other way.
The Tigers are reportedly on the verge of another deal that will net them a starting pitcher from the Reds, as reported by Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com. It appears that Mat Latos is a possibility, though Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake and Alfredo Simon could all be had for the right price.