MLB Rumors: Would Red Sox consider Rick Porcello trade to clear payroll?

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The Boston Red Sox's starting rotation looks set in stone after Nathan Eovaldi's re-signing.

Or so we thought?

Some "rival executives" are wondering whether the Red Sox would consider trading pitcher Rick Porcello to clear payroll space, USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale reported Tuesday.

That's an eye-opening report, as Porcello is one of the leaders in Boston's clubhouse and played a key role in the club's 2018 World Series run.

The right-hander also will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2019 season, though, and it could make sense for president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski to sell high on Porcello and get value for the 29-year-old while he still can.

Porcello is set to make $21 million in 2019 and would be the third-highest-paid player on the Red Sox next season behind David Price and J.D. Martinez.

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