Tigers-Astros Justin Verlander trade still has life, report says

Justin Verlander was the topic of numerous trade rumors before the July 31 MLB trade deadline passed, but he ultimately wound up staying in Detroit.

Verlander could still be on the move this month after clearing revocable waivers. According to MLB Network, the Tigers and Astros are still holding trade discussions regarding the six-time All-Star ace.

The report did state that it is unclear if there is any “momentum” in the trade talks, but the two teams are in contact.

Verlander is owed $60 million though 2019, which is a little more than Houston is known for spending, but a trade would make sense for both teams. The Tigers are starting to rebuild after failing to win a World Series title for Mike Ilitch. They sent closer Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila to the Cubs, and outfielder J.D. Martinez to the Diamondbacks.

The Astros are in contention for a possible World Series run, but they desperately need to solidify their rotation. While ace Dallas Keuchel has been great when healthy, he does not have a running mate to help him get through the postseason.

Lance McCullers Jr. started the season off in great form, however, he has recently battled injuries and control issues. The rest of the rotation (Collin McHugh, Brad Peacock, Charlie Morton and Mike Fiers) has performed well at times this season, but likely

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