By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
It has been known for quite some time that the Detroit Tigers were looking to deal starting pitcher Justin Verlander. Yet, every time that the Tigers tried to deal their long-time player, he has blocked a deal.
He did it before the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline. And on Thursday night, Verlander has reportedly blocked a trade to the Houston Astros in the final hours before the Aug. 31 waiver trade deadline.
If the deal would have went through, according to Detroit News’ Tigers beat writer Chris McCosky, the Tigers would have received Franklin Perez, Daz Cameron and possibly even Jake Rodgers. But with the deal off, Detroit is not getting any of those players.
The 34-year-old has spent his entire career with the Tigers. He made his debut with the team during the 2005 season.
This season, he has a 10-8 record with a 3.82 ERA in 172 innings. In his career, he has a 183-114 record with a 3.49 ERA in a 380 starts in 2,511 innings. He has 23 complete games and seven shutouts.
Now, with the Tigers over the final weeks of the season, he’ll just play out the season with no shot of making the playoffs. Despite his efforts of blocking two deals now, the team will likely try to deal him again in the off-season.
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