It's unusual to hear those two names together since Scherzer is the presumed Cy Young winner while Porcello hasn't developed beyond a solid back-of-the-rotation starter, but that apparently was the message.
Some rival general managers remain skeptical that the Tigers, a team that's spent to win in recent years, would actually trade Scherzer. But as we reported last month, Tigers people have been weighing that very possibility.
The issue apparently is that Scherzer, who is represented by Scott Boras, has only a year remaining before he's a free agent. It certainly isn't his performance, as he went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA and league-leading 0.97 WHIP. As reported earlier, the Nationals have long had an interest in Scherzer. They would be far from the only interested team, however.
Porcello is also a free agent after this coming season.