Rick Porcello was traded to the Red Sox today for Yoenis Cespedes, and two minor leaguers. People looking at this trade may see the Red Sox desperately trying to lessen their surplus of outfielders, and settling for an unfair trade, but this is not the case. Rick Porcello is in fact a top notch pitcher. Below is the projection showing his bright future.
This graph shows Porcello will remain in the top 50 pitchers for the next 12 years peaking at about 4.2+. Porcello's future is bright and the Red Sox may be able to sign an extension with him putting him in the top end of their rotation for many years to come.