The Tigers are open to trading either Max Scherzer or Rick Porcello

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There’s a big gulf between those two, but for what it’s worth:

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The motives behind trading these guys differ, of course. Trading Porcello gets you talent for an MLB-regular starting pitcher, with the Tigers likely believing that Porcello’s production can be matched or exceeded my making Drew Smyly a regular.  With Scherzer you have the “plug in Smyly” option there of course, but it’s way more about getting peak value and return in a trade of a starter while avoiding having to think about an extension.

There’s no such thing as having too much pitching. But when you have a lot of starting pitching like the Tigers do, you at least have options.

Astros claim Buddy Boshers off waivers from the Twins

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The Astros announced on Monday that the club claimed reliever Buddy Boshers off waivers from the Twins.

Boshers, 29, had been designated for assignment by the Twins last week. Across parts of three seasons, the lefty compiled a 4.59 ERA with a 78/25 K/BB ratio in 86 1/3 innings in the big leagues.

Boshers has handled left-handed hitters much better than right-handed hitters, holding them to a career .621 and .793 OPS, respectively. If he makes the 25-man roster out of spring training, the Astros may use him as a LOOGY — a left-handed one-out guy. As of right now, Tony Sipp is the only lefty in the ‘pen.