Astros acquire Justin Verlander from Tigers

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) in the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Denver. The Tigers won 6-2. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
AP Photo/David Zalubowski

The Houston Astros have added an experienced arm to their pitching staff, sources confirmed to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that Detroit Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander has waived his no-trade clause. News of the trade was first reported by Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press.

In exchange for Verlander, the Tigers will receive right-handed pitcher Franklin Perez, outfielder Daz Cameron and catcher Jake Rogers from the Astros. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Tigers are also sending $10 million to Houston.

“We’re always trying to improve the team,” Astros owner Jim Crane said after the deal was completed. “It’s like a Carlos Beltran. (Verlander) can add a dimension we don’t have. We’re trying to win. If we get a shot to win, we’re going to lean in.”

Verlander, who’s 10-8 with a 3.82 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP in 28 starts, just completed his best month of the 2017 season to date. In six starts this month Verlander was 4-1 with a 2.36 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP, allowing 11 runs on 26 hits in 42 innings pitched. Verlander, who went at least six innings in all six starts in August, allowed one run on three hits over the course of six innings in a win over Colorado on Wednesday.

Justin Verlander, a six-time All-Star who in 2011 won the American League Cy Young and MVP awards after going 24-5, was part of five trips to the postseason as a member of the Tigers. In 16 postseason starts, Verlander is 7-5 with a 3.39 ERA and a 1.088 WHIP in 98.1 innings pitched. It should be noted that three of Verlander’s five losses came in the World Series, as he’s 0-3 with a 7.20 ERA in three starts.

After failing to make a significant move at the trade deadline, the Astros have added a quality pitcher to the ranks as they look to reach the World Series for the first time since 2005.

As for the Tigers, Detroit receives three of the top 11 prospects in the Astros organization as ranked by MLB Pipeline. Perez, who’s 6-3 with a 3.02 ERA in 19 appearances (16 starts) at the Single-A Advanced and Double-A levels, was ranked third, with Cameron (.271 BA, 14 HR, 73 RBI, 32 SB) ranked ninth and Rogers (.263, 18 HR, 70 RBI, .824 OPS) 11th.

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