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Justin Verlander nearly certain to remain with Tigers

30 Juillet 2017

"Barring a insane, last-second turnabout, iconic Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander will remain in Detroit after Monday's trade deadline", Heyman reported.

On Saturday, MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reported that barring a "miracle", Verlander would not be traded prior to the deadline at 4 p.m. on Monday.

The Major League Baseball trade deadline is just days away and despite a plethora of rumors over the past few weeks, the Detroit Tigers have yet to trade Justin Verlander.

This makes sense. Other teams are a bit anxious about Verlander's contract and remain steadfast in not wanting to pay the entire $56 million remaining on his deal.

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The biggest reason for a relative lack of interest in Verlander relates to the massive contract attached to him.

Detroit would likely love to get him off the books, though, considering it is a disappointing 45-56 and essentially out of the playoff race. The 34-year-old former Cy Young victor isn't having a great season (4.50 ERA, 1.44 WHIP), he is expensive (he has 2 1/2 years left on his $200 million contract), and the Tigers would rather trade him after the season anyway.

Heyman also points out that Verlander would be a candidate to be traded in August as part of a waiver trade.

Verlander is a six-time All-Star and potential future Hall of Famer, but his combination of advanced age, a huge contract and poor production this season makes him a less than ideal target for pitching-needy teams.