His younger brother Jake is a 2009 graduate of Seton Hall Prep and is currently a pitcher at Seton Hall University and was drafted by the Tigers in the 48th round of the 2009 draft. He received pitching training from the current Morristown Beard School Baseball pitching coach, Mike Sturgeon.
Porcello is the maternal grandson of Sam Dente, who played for the Cleveland Indians in the 1954 World Series.
On January 17, 2014, Porcello and the Tigers avoided arbitration for the third straight season by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $8.5 million.
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On June 26, Porcello pitched his first career complete game shutout in a 6–0 win over the Texas Rangers. He gave up just three hits in the game, striking out six and throwing 115 pitches.
In his next start on July 1, Porcello pitched a complete game shutout in a 3–0 win over the Oakland Athletics, giving up four hits, striking out zero, walking no one, and throwing 95 pitches. Porcello became the first Tiger to pitch back-to-back shutouts since Jack Morris in 1986. He became the first Major League pitcher to throw a shutout without a walk or a strikeout since Jeff Ballard on August 21, 1989.
On a more recent distinction, he was also the first Major League pitcher to throw a no-strikeout shutout since Derek Lowe did for the Indians on May 15, 2012.
On August 20, Porcello pitched his third complete game shutout of the season in a 6–0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, giving up three hits, striking out four and walking none. Porcello is the first Tiger pitcher to throw at least three shutouts in a season since Jeff Weaver in 2002.
Porcello's three complete game shutouts tie him with Henderson Álvarez for the major league lead in shutouts. On August 26, Rick defeated the New York Yankees 5–2 for his 15th victory of the season, establishing a new career high in wins. He had won 14 games in two prior seasons (2009, 2011). Rick struggled down the stretch, however, going 0–4 with a 6.20 ERA in September. He would finish the 2014 regular season with a 15–13 record, 129 strikeouts, and a career-best 3.43 ERA. He topped 200 innings pitched for the first time in his career, with 204 2⁄3.
On December 11, 2014, the Tigers traded Porcello to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Yoenis Céspedes, Alex Wilson, and Gabe Speier.