Last week's Rick Porcello rumor was a convoluted three-way trade involving the Cubs and Orioles, the Tigers ending up with shortstop J.J. Hardy. Nothing ever came of it, save for countless blog posts and newspaper articles.

The Mariners must be looking at other options to improve their team after Justin Upton refused a proposed trade from the Diamondbacks.

The Diamondbacks must be looking at other options to improve their team after Justin Upton refused a proposed trade to the Mariners.

The Mariners have also been rumored to have talked to the Tigers about a trade for Brennan Boesch. Could they have renewed interest in the Tigers' right fielder after being turned down by a big name outfielder (the first being Josh Hamilton, who rebuffed the Mariners in free agency) for the second time in this off season? Could a Porcello - Boesch package interest the Mariners, a team desperate to make some sort of off season splash?

Possibly. But who do the Mariners have, other than prospects, which would interest the Tigers? And don't say Casper Wells and Charlie Furbush.

The Tigers were linked to Upton immediately after the season came to an end. With their signing Torii Hunter, Upton doesn't seem to be a fit in Detroit. Could there be renewed interest in Upton from the Tigers with both Porcello and Jhonny Peralta having been reported to be on the Diamondback's radar?