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08:01 AM ET 01.15 | Could Baltimore make a pitch to land a sarter? [The Orioles] aren't interested in trading shortstop J.J. Hardy to Detroit for starter Rick Porcello. They may be more willing to trade closer Jim Johnson. At first blush, that seems odd. But there's a sabermetric rationale behind it. Johnson could have a superb 2013 season and still not approach what he accomplished last year. ... At the moment, Porcello is probably the best fifth starter in baseball -- considering his potential (still young at 24) and the Tigers' pitching depth. Porcello is coming off an unspectacular season, 10-12 with a 4.59 ERA. But his numbers would improve with a better defensive infield -- which the Orioles have, with the likes of Hardy and Manny Machado.

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January 15, 2013  09:14 AM ET

Go for O's. Johnson will be more like the pitcher who lost 2 playoff games

January 15, 2013  11:25 AM ET

the orioles are adding their closer, after all the tigers are weak in their closer role,,,,

January 15, 2013  11:55 AM ET

the tigers D NEED a closer//the orioles would love to add a top starter in their rotation,, who should make the first move??tigers or orioles???

January 15, 2013  11:56 AM ET

angels may give ernesto freiri in exchange for porcello, what say you tigers???

January 15, 2013  12:22 PM ET

Hardy and Johnson should be off the table for a 5th starter - no reason at all to make a trade like that

January 15, 2013  01:23 PM ET

"Could Baltimore make a pitch to land a sarter?"

What's a 'sarter'?

January 15, 2013  04:03 PM ET

Yeah, the Tigers aren't giving up Porcello to the Os for anything less than JJ Hardy.

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January 16, 2013  08:56 AM ET

Leave Johnson right where he is .You did not have money last year to get a quality pitcher why now ,Use what you got until you get what you need meaning play with the starters you have by July trade dead line you pick up who you want then win the World Series and everybody will want to play for this team stay the steady D.D. They will come to you in July .Watch and see Seat and wait Go Os.

 
January 16, 2013  09:42 AM ET

How can you Mr. Writer blamed the Tigers defense for Porcello's record last year when he had a era of 4.59, that means sir these runs were batted in, not let in by errors in the field.

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