The Tigers and Astros are discussing a Justin Verlander trade


Justin Verlander


Those Justin Verlander trade talks aren’t done yet.

According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, the Astros have contacted the Tigers regarding a deal for the veteran right-hander as Houston continues to starve for starting pitching.

At this point it’s unclear how much progress has been made in talks for Verlander – who recently cleared revocable waivers – but it’s no secret how desperate the Astros are getting when it comes to shoring up their starting rotation.

That desperation centers on Lance McCullers Jr.  showing little progress in his recovery from back discomfort and the apparent pressure Morosi cites the front office is in – from the clubhouse nonetheless – after failing to adequately address the team’s pitching needs at the non-waiver deadline.

As far as Verlander goes, after a lackluster start to the season, he’s enjoyed the best stretch of the year compiling a 2.31 ERA over his last six starts. Improving numbers will surely help Verlander’s appeal, however he’s still owed $8 million for the remainder of this season plus $28 million in 2018 and 2019. Needless to say it’s still assumed the Tigers will have to eat a portion of that salary if they hope to obtain decent return of prospects for their staff ace and former AL Cy Young winner and MVP. Or Detroit could simply be looking for some salary relief on the $200 million plus they still have on the books for payroll.

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