CBSBoston The Boston Red Sox continue to make moves to help their rotation. The team agreed to trade outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to Detroit in exchange for starting pitcher Rick Porcello, according to Fox Sports 1’s C.J. Nitkowski. MLB.com’s Jason Beck also reported the deal. Porcello, though just 25 years old, has six seasons of big league experience under his belt. He owns a 76-63 record to go with a 4.30 ERA and 1.359 WHIP. Last season, he went 15-13 with a 3.43 ERA and 3.15 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The Red Sox will have control of Porcello for 2015, after which he’ll become a free agent. The Red Sox initially acquired Cespeds last year at the trade deadline in exchange for Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes. He batted .269 with five homers and a .719 OPS in 51 games with Boston. Overall in his three-year MLB career, he owns a .263 batting average and .780 OPS. Cespedes is due to become a free agent after the 2015 season. The Red Sox have been busy since Jon Lester decided to sign with the Chicago Cubs. In addition to the reported Porcello trade, they’re reportedly close to agreeing to a trade to acquire starting pitcher Wade Miley.
The Boston Red Sox had a surplus of outfielders and needed help in the rotation, while the Detroit Tigers have depth in their rotation but needed another bat, so this deal makes sense for both teams. Hopefully Cespedes finds a long term home in Detroit, he has now been traded from the West Coast to the East Coast to Middle America all within six months. Rick Porcello has talent and is still very young, he is not an ace, but will give the Red Sox a reliable and consistent starting pitcher who improved their rotation immediately. My only problem with this trade is I always rooted for Rick Porcello, because we are both from New Jersey, and rooting for Porcello has to stop now that he plays for the Red Sox.