Waiver Trade Deadline Drama and Whiplash: Actually, Verlander IS Being Traded to Astros

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Waiver Trade Deadline Drama and Whiplash: Actually, Verlander IS Being Traded to Astros

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[See updates below – this was nuts.]

The waiver trade deadline is just a half an hour away, and a huge trade might go right down to the wire:

… but I’m following as I type and this just dropped:

Is another team like the Cubs about to swoop in at the zero hour? Reports earlier this evening had a deal with the Cubs not happening:

Like I’ve said for a while now, I love the idea of the Cubs pursuing Verlander this offseason, and I think that’s going to happen in November. (Assuming nothing crazy happens in the next 30 minutes …. )

UPDATE: Jon Heyman suggests this could be about Verlander pushing the Tigers to send him where he really wants to go – LA or Chicago:


We’ll wait to see the money involved, but it looks to be a very good, not crazy, prospect package going to Detroit:

Your obvious Cubs-related fallout here is that the odds Verlander is available in the offseason just went down slightly. I wouldn’t rule out the Astros trying to spin Verlander (and his salary) back off this offseason after they get the September/postseason value from him.

UPDATE 3: This is a semi gut punch:

Here’s the thing, though: the timing was not perfect for the Cubs. There’s no part of me that is disappointed that the Cubs didn’t get Verlander for this stretch run. Good addition? Sure. Necessary? Eh.

But where I get bummed is thinking about the possibility that he won’t be available this offseason now, when the Cubs very, very much would have been into trying to acquire him for 2018 and 2019. And clearly he was interested, too.

Maybe the Astros will make him available. It remains to be seen. As it stands, given the prospect package the Tigers got, it would have been very difficult for the Cubs to beat that without trading from their 40-man roster, which, as you know, is very difficult this time of year (basically, if you try to get a quality 40-man piece through waivers for a trade, you have to hope the other 28 teams are going to play nice).


Author: Brett Taylor

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