Jon Paul Morosi thinks so.
He notes today that the Tigers have pushed back Porcello’s latest AAA start from today until tomorrow, and says it’s not because of an injury. Rather, he’s told that the Tigers made the decision from up in Detroit and that the pushback may be to accommodate a scouting contingent coming in from out of town.
There haven’t been any reports of the Tigers looking to move Porcello before now, but Morosi says the Tigers don’t rule anything out when it comes to this kind of stuff and that no one is “untouchable.”
It would be hard for the Tigers to cut bait on Porcello a mere year after his auspicious debut, but the fact is that the Tigers are poised to win now, Porcello isn’t helping them and if he could be flipped for a pitcher or a shortstop or something that could help them take control of the Central, they probably feel like they have to make that deal.
Yankees first baseman Greg Bird gave his team tons of confidence to hand him the everyday job at first base to start the 2017 regular season, batting .451/.556/1.098 with eight home runs in 51 spring at-bats. But he’s followed that up by hitting .107/.254/.214 through the first month of the regular season.
GM Brian Cashman doesn’t have any intent to demote Bird back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports. Cashman said, “It’s not even an option for me in my mind right now, at all.”
Bird didn’t start Sunday’s game against the Orioles, a 7-4 loss in 11 innings. Lefty Wade Miley started for the Orioles, prompting manager Joe Girardi to put Chris Carter into the lineup at first base. If Bird isn’t able to figure things out, Carter might have an increased role on the team.
Rays starter Chris Archer threw his first pitch to Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista behind the slugger’s back with one out in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Toronto. Bautista and Archer then had a staredown. Home plate umpire Jim Wolf issued warnings to both teams. Bautista ultimately flied out to right field and he appeared to have a quick word with Archer on his way back to the dugout.
Archer could have been exacting revenge — euphemistically known as “protecting his teammate” — because Jays reliever Joe Biagini hit Rays outfielder Steven Souza in the seventh inning of Saturday’s game. Souza was forced to leave the game and underwent an X-ray, which came back negative. He was held out of Sunday’s lineup. Biagini’s pitch did not appear to be intentional.
The Jays won Sunday’s contest 3-1 with no further incident. The two clubs meet again in Tampa for a three-game series starting on May 5, so we’ll see if Sunday was the last of the bad blood between them.