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Justin Verlander | Starting Pitcher | #35

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (34) / 2/20/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Old Dominion
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (2) / DET
Contract: view contract details

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FOX Sports' Jon Morosi writes that the Tigers and Astros have "talked enough about" a potential Justin Verlander trade that "each side has a good understanding of the other's position."
Morosi notes that there is no momentum toward a deal at this point, but that could change with a single phone call because of the discussions that have already taken place. Verlander allowed five runs over six innings in a loss to the Rangers on Tuesday and holds an underwhelming 4.11 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 25 total starts this season. The 34-year-old right-hander is also owed nearly $60 million on a contract that runs through 2019. Aug 16 - 2:13 PM

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Justin Verlander was tagged for five runs in six innings by the Rangers in a loss Tuesday.

Verlander gave up homers to Robinson Chirinos, Joey Gallo and Mike Napoli, with the latter two coming back-to-back in the fourth. He ended up with eight strikeouts and no walks, but the homers were enough to doom him tonight. It's the second time this year he's given up three in a start.
Aug 15 - 11:54 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports writes that the Astros and Tigers haven't spoken about a Justin Verlander deal in the past few days and are still far apart.

The last contact between the two sides was last week, so it appears that nothing much has changed since a recent report from Jon Morosi of However, there's still time to get something done by the end of the month. Verlander has dropped off from his resurgent 2016, but he owns a strong 1.91 ERA across his last seven starts and would undoubtedly provide a boost to the win-now Astros.
Aug 15 - 12:36 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Tigers are discussing a possible Justin Verlander trade with the Astros.

Jon Morosi of reported last week that the two sides were in touch and apparently they continue to discuss a deal. There are still some hurdles to a possible trade, as Verlander is still owed around $60 million through 2019. The Tigers are willing to cover some of that, but they want a sizable haul to give up a player of Verlander's stature. The 34-year-old cleared revocable waivers earlier this month, so the Tigers can talk trade with any team. Verlander has a full no-trade clause and would have to sign off on any deal.
Aug 15 - 11:33 AM

Justin Verlander allowed just one base hit while hurling eight shutout innings during a 10-0 stomping of the Pirates on Wednesday.

He surrendered a double to designated hitter Josh Bell and that was it. He walked three batters and struck out six in the dominant outing. He probably would have gone for the shutout in the ninth inning if he wasn't sitting on 113 pitches. The veteran ace is now 8-7 with a 3.97 ERA in 24 starts.
Aug 9 - 11:40 PM

Jon Morosi of reports that the Tigers and Astros have been in touch this month regarding a possible Justin Verlander trade.

Morosi cautioned that he's "unsure if there is momentum in talks." The 34-year-old Verlander has already cleared revocable waivers this month, so the Tigers are free to negotiate with all 29 teams. Trading him remains difficult, as he's owed $60 million through 2019. It's unclear if the Tigers are willing to cover any of his remaining salary. Verlander owns a mediocre 4.20 ERA over 21 starts this season, though he has pitched much better in his recent outings. The win-now Astros could be willing to make a splash.
Aug 7 - 8:46 AM

Justin Verlander picked up his seventh win of the season on Friday, allowing two runs on six hits over seven innings against the Orioles.

The veteran right-hander racked up 10 strikeouts on the evening and didn't walk a batter. All of the runs scored against him came via the long ball, with Tim Beckham and Manny Machado each clubbing solo home runs. He'll carry a 4.20 ERA and 1.41 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Pirates.
Aug 4 - 10:10 PM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Justin Verlander has cleaved revocable waivers.

It's no surprise, of course, given that the veteran right-hander is owed over $60 million through the end of the 2019 season. Verlander remains a long shot to be traded this month, but the Tigers are now free to negotiate with all 29 other teams.
Aug 4 - 2:03 PM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that Justin Verlander has been placed on revocable waivers.

Verlander is far from the only player who will be going on revocable waivers this month, as teams will be putting the bulk of their rosters on waivers in August. Due to the amount of money remaining on Verlander's contract -- just over $60 million through the 2019 season -- it is exceedingly likely that he will pass through unclaimed, after which the Tigers will be free to discuss trades for the veteran hurler with all 29 other major league clubs.
Aug 2 - 11:11 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that Justin Verlander won't be traded before Monday's deadline.

Things were already trending in that direction, so this just confirms it. Given Verlander's underwhelming year and his sizable remaining contract, a trade was always a longshot. The Tigers could revisit the idea in August or during the offseason.
Jul 31 - 3:20 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Tigers are not involved in active trade talks regarding Justin Verlander.

It's not a big surprise. While Verlander was excellent in his most recent start, he hasn't had a particularly good years and is still owed $60 million through 2019. He also has a full no-trade clause, so there are way too many sticking points to getting a deal done. Barring something unexpected, he should still be with the Tigers by the end of the day.
Jul 31 - 11:12 AM

Justin Verlander worked six shutout innings Sunday in the Tigers' 13-1 rout of the Astros.

It was one of the best outings of the season for Verlander, who scattered three walks and five hits over his six scoreless frames while striking out six. There has been a lot of talk about the Tigers possibly trading the veteran right-hander, but it doesn't sound like they're going to find a match. Verlander will bring a 6-7 record, 4.29 ERA, and 1.44 WHIP into his next scheduled start on the road versus the Orioles.
Jul 30 - 5:52 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports believes the Tigers are unlikely to trade Justin Verlander before the trade deadline.

Heyman cites the massive salary remaining on his contract as the major sticking point in any potential deals. Still, there's always a chance a contender will get desperate if missing out on the other top arms available.
Jul 29 - 2:40 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal writes that "the odds remain heavily against" a trade of Justin Verlander.

Rosenthal adds that a source with knowledge of the Tigers' thinking considers it a "low probability" that Verlander is dealt. There are numerous obstacles to a trade, with Verlander's contract and ability to veto any deal among them. There's also the fact that he's 34 and not having a terribly good season. The Cubs, Brewers and Dodgers have been mentioned as possible landing spots for Verlander.
Jul 28 - 8:44 AM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Cubs "remain interested" in Tigers starter Justin Verlander.

Morosi adds, however, that Chicago has shown reluctance to pay the $60 million that Verlander is still owed on a contract that runs through 2019. The 34-year-old right-hander has posted an underwhelming 4.50 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 124 innings this season, after finishing with a 3.04 ERA last year. Detroit is going to have to eat some cash in order to find a willing trade partner before the July 31 deadline.
Jul 25 - 8:26 PM

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SS1Jose Iglesias
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CF1Alex Presley
2Andrew Romine
RF1Mikie Mahtook
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