Report: Rangers Ask About Tigers’ Rick Porcello

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 24:  Rick Porcello #48 of the Detroit Tigers throws a pitch against the San Francisco Giants in the eighth inning during Game One of the Major League Baseball World Series at AT&T Park on October 24, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Rick Porcello of the Detroit Tigers throws a pitch against the San Francisco Giants in the 8th inning during Game One of the Major League Baseball World Series at AT&T Park on Oct. 24, 2012 in San Francisco. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

SURPRISE (CBS SPORTS) — The Texas Rangers asked about Detroit Tigers right-handed pitcher Rick Porcello on Monday, according to ESPNNewYork.com’s Adam Rubin.

The Rangers have already lost one rotation candidate for the start of the season, as Martin Perez is expected to be out until at least May after fracturing his pitching forearm Sunday.

Porcello has been on the trade market this offseason, with left-hander Drew Smyly projected not to make the opening day rotation despite coming off a strong rookie campaign.

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