Porterfield will serve as medical director with the Dodgers, working under former Rays baseball operations chief Andrew Friedman, to provide leadership, oversight and direction to their staff while based at the team's Arizona facility.
Porterfield said he decided to make the move for several reasons: That he was moving into a newly created position to provide leadership, that it would create opportunity for promotion among the Rays staff and that it would allow him to spend more time with his family on a daily basis, and to be closer to extended family, including his parents, in New Mexico.
“It's a new chapter for me," Porterfield said.
The Dodgers have not yet confirmed the hire.
Porterfield was with the Rays for 21 years, including the last 12 years as head athletic trainer. Before that he was in the Astros organization for nine years.
In 2008, Porterfield received the Career Service Award from the American Sports Medicine Institute, an honor that “recognizes individuals who have provided a career of exemplary care to baseball players.” One year later, Porterfield and his staff were named major league medical staff of the year from the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society.