We'll miss Porter in our house. My 5 year old loves him. When he'd list his 5 favorite players Porter was always either #1 or #2 (Tommy Sacco traded #1 spot). We left one Sunday after running bases and getting posters autographed and Porter was talking to his parents by 3rd base. My son runs off to go talk to him when he saw him as if they've been buddies for decades. I go over to pull him away and Porter is down on a knee talking to him like they've been buddies for decades. His mom had completely melted (it was an adorable moment) and I couldn't muster the sternness needed to end the interaction.
He's a great kid and had a lot of great moments for us, but I think this will be best for him. I think CKS (and CJS for that matter) expect to have enough quality on the roster that starting game in and game out isn't in the cards for PB. In his last season he needs to play every day.