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Why Smyly deserves Porcello's would-be spot

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08:16 AM ET 12.25 | The starting rotation remains a crowded lot in Detroit, where Rick Porcello may become the odd man out. Whether the Tigers will find a deal they like from the many pursuers of [Porcello] remains to be seen. Recent rumors have risen linking the Tigers to Baltimore, Pittsburgh and San Diego, and possibly a few additional National League teams. With Anibal Sanchez signed to a five-year deal, the Tigers seem to have run out of room in the rotation for right-handed pitchers. All of this is based on one overwhelming assumption: Fellow 23-year-old Drew Smyly has a brighter future in the Tigers' rotation. ... Making a commitment to Smyly and pursuing a trade of Porcello requires a rather large dose of confidence.

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December 25, 2012  10:01 AM ET

An over-abundance of quality starters is a luxury any team would be jealous of.

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December 25, 2012  11:50 AM ET

when the team has too many starters, that doesn't mean they wouldn't need them in the mid-season its always good to have a extra starter regardless of how much pitching you do have...

December 25, 2012  11:51 AM ET

tigers should balance their weight, you never know WHO would get a heavy injuried,,,,

December 25, 2012  12:10 PM ET
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An over-abundance of quality starters is a luxury any team would be jealous of.

Yeah, nice position to be in. They can ask for offers, and consider carefully, knowing it would not be a bad thing at all to go into the season with an extra starter.

 
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