The Detroit Tigers have agreed to acquire another slugger for their lineup, landing outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for starting pitcher Rick Porcello, sources told Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com on Thursday and was confirmed by Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.
The Tigers will also get bullpen help in right handed pitcher Alex Wilson. Wilson is expected to be the new 7th inning pitcher after posting 19 strikeouts and 5 walks with a 1.91 era. and .881 whip last season. It was his 2nd year in majors.
In addition to Cespedes and Wilson, the Red Sox will send low-level minor league right-hander Gabe Speier to Detroit, sources said.
Cespedes, who was traded from the Oakland Athletics to Boston at the trade deadline last season, will add some punch to a lineup that is anchored by two-time AL MVP Miguel Cabrera. The 29-year-old Cespedes, an AL All-Star selection last season, hit a combined 22 homers and drove in 100 runs for both teams last season.
The 29-year-old Cespedes has a .263 career batting average with 71 homers and 262 RBIs in his three major-league seasons.
The Red Sox had already fortified their outfield this offseason by acquiring Hanley Ramirez from the Dodgers.
Porcello is coming off the best season of his career, going 15-13 with a 3.43 and 129 strikeouts in 204.2 innings for the Tigers in 2014. In six seasons with Detroit, the 25-year-old right-hander was won 76 games and has a career 4.30 ERA.
Porcello is slated to be a free agent after the 2015 season.
The Tigers had added former Yankees pitcher Shane Green to their rotation this offseason in a three-way trade with New York and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Boston Red Sox have traded Yoenis Céspedes to the Detroit Tigers for Rick Porcello. Via The Score:
The Boston Red Sox have traded outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to the Detroit Tigers for right-hander Rick Porcello, according to multiple reports.
Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports Detroit will also receive a minor-league pitcher in the deal.