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Justin Verlander will remain with the Tigers through the trade deadline

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As it turns out, Justin Verlander will remain with the Tigers through the upcoming non-waiver deadline. This is according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports who says unless there’s “a crazy, last-second turnabout” the former AL Cy Young winner and MVP will stay in Detroit despite his name being thrown around in recent trade speculation.

Barring a crazy, last-second turnabout, iconic Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander will remain in Detroit after Monday’s trade deadline.

There’s been a lot of speculation about Verlander since the Tigers are conducting a sale, but sources say it would take a “miracle” for him to change teams.

Heyman cites opposing teams balking at the $28 million still owed to Verlander per season through 2019 plus a $22 million vesting option in 2020. This is also despite the Tigers reportedly willing to absorb some money in any potential deal.

However it’s also not easy to look past Verlander’s struggles this season which if he’d been better the contractual obligations still owed to him probably would be easier for other teams to swallow. This year, JV is 5-7 with a 4.50 ERA  with a 1.444 WHIP, the highest since his rookie season back in 2006. You also have to figure there’s some concern as to whether or not Verlander (34) will make a return to form given teams being unwilling to make a commitment towards him.

The Cubs and Dodgers have been the most talked about teams who could potentially make a deal for Verlander. Talks however have cooled with both teams looking elsewhere for help at the pitching position.

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