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As reported by C.J. Nitkowski and Alex Speier Ben Cherington is not done yet and has dealt Yoenis Cespedes, Alex Wilson and a “lower level” minor league pitcher to Detroit for RHP Rick Porcello. Assuming the lower-level minor leaguer is not anyone of note I like this trade a heck of a lot.
Like Miley, Porcello is a reliable MLB pitcher. In giving up Cespedes I feel like the Sox have given up a superfluous piece rather than pieces that will potentially have greater value. Porcello is not quite the ground ball pitcher that Miley is but he is not far behind and Steamer projects him at 2.5 WAR.
By adding Miley and Porcello the Sox have created a lot more stability in the rotation than existed at this time yesterday. One thing I was thinking about this morning is that the Orioles effectively won the division with a rotation not dissimilar to what the Sox are assembling here;
Ubaldo Jimenez = Clay Buchholz: Potential stud with durability issues.
Wei-Yin Chen/Miguel Gonzalez/Bud Norris = Joe Kelly/Wade Miley/Rick Porcello: League average inning eaters.
Chris Tillman = ???: This is where the Sox are still lacking and where I felt Rubby De La Rosa could have fit as the prospect who finally figured it out. There is plenty of time left in the off-season for the Sox to put someone in this spot.
If you want a cause for concern it is this. In adding Porcello and Miley the Sox are building a ground ball staff. To build a ground ball staff around a team with a dicey defensive shortstop is not necessarily consistent. Deven Marrero fits that better than Bogaerts. My big fear of this off-season, and the reason I wanted Jon Lester so badly, is that the Sox will deal Bogaerts to acquire a top starter.
As a side note Chris Hatfield of Sox Prospects tweeted that had the Sox not signed Julio Lugo they would have drafted Porcello with the draft pick they lost. Porcello is currently slated to be a free agent at the end of the year but unlike Cespedes the Sox will have the ability to get draft pick compensation if they make a Qualifying Offer. Porcello was the losing pitcher in Game Two of the 2013 ALCS.
This trade has me feeling a lot better than I did yesterday.
For any Tiger fans checking in Wilson is a nice little get. I would not be surprised if the Saudi-born Texan (dad is an oil man) becomes a very solid reliever. He is an odd looking guy with a long torso and short legs but he throws in the 93-95 range, generally throws strikes and seems pretty even-keeled.
He is not someone to make or break a deal but I can see him giving the Tigers a few years of solid middle relief work.