Rick Porcello

Rick Porcello doesn't want to talk about his contract this season

John Tomase
March 08, 2015 - 3:11 pm

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Rick Porcello is done talking about his contract. The right-hander may have just arrived from the Tigers this winter, but after throwing three scoreless innings against the Mets on Sunday, the free agent-to-be said he plans to make baseball his only priority. "I'm 100 percent focused on getting ready for the season," Porcello said. "I said this a couple times. That'€™s my focus, getting prepared for the year. Whatever happens, happens. Right now that'€™s my focus and hoping to work hard and win another championship." Porcello, who is entering his sixth season, can become a free agent at age 26 after the season. He signed a one-year, $12.5 million deal this winter, avoiding arbitration, and if he authors a 2015 anywhere close to his breakout 2014 (15-13, 3.43), he'll be in high demand. Asked if the Red Sox had reached out to talk about an extension, Porcello said no. "And honestly, this could be the last time I answer this question," he said. "The focus should be on baseball and our team, what we'€™re going to do moving forward." Porcello's potential foray into free agency will be made easier by the trade that shipped him from Detroit this winter for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. After spending his entire career with the Tigers, Porcello had an inkling he might get moved. "Knowing I had one year left and knowing the depth they already have, I didn'€™t expect to get traded, but at the same time, I wasn'€™t going to be surprised if I got traded," Porcello said. "I'€™ve said this countless times I'€™m very fortunate I got traded to this team, this organization and had a chance to win this year again. That'€™s the most important thing to me this year, going into the season on a team that'€™s going to compete and win. That'€™s all you can ask for." Porcello got used to trade talks in Detroit. "Every offseason, there were always rumors surrounding me," he said. "There'€™s nothing you can do about it except go about your business, work hard, and hopefully you'€™re fortunate enough to be playing in the big leagues and wearing a jersey next season, wherever that is. The preparation and focus on that doesn'€™t change. I was involved in a lot of talks but did the best I could to not pay attention to any of it. "At the end of the day, thinking about it, worrying about it is nothing I can control but it'€™s just wasted energy."