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Tigers and Cubs are having ongoing trade discussions revolving around Justin Verlander and Alex Avila

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With a week left before the MLB non-waiver trade deadline, the Tigers and Cubs have apparently re-engaged in trade talks revolving around starter Justin Verlander and catcher Alex Avila.

According to Jon Morosi, the two sides are currently involved in discussions surrounding the two veterans however the extent of said progress is “unclear”.

Interest in Verlander has been pretty stagnant the past few weeks considering the money left in his contract and the down season he’s currently encompassed in. Currently the right-hander is sporting a 5-7 record, 4.54 ERA and 1.47 WHIP. He’s also due $28 million in 2018 and 2019 before a possible $22 million vesting option kicks in for 2020.

Because of this it’s been mentioned that the Tigers are now willing to include cash in a deal for Verlander which goes back on their original stance of retaining no money for the former AL Cy Young winner.

The Tigers however could gain some leverage in the discussions as another big market team in the Dodgers could throw their hat into the Verlander market if the news isn’t good regarding Clayton Kershaw’s back.

Avila however is a different story.

Unlike Verlander, Avila is having one of his best seasons as a pro slashing at .282/.406/.495 with 11 home runs and 30 RBI. He also employs a .901 OPS and continues to provide a good glove behind the plate. Avila will also be a free agent at the end of the season after signing a $2 million dollar deal with the Tigers this past winter.

 

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