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Do The Astros Need Justin Verlander?

Do The Astros Need Justin Verlander?
From Deadspin - August 7, 2017

Justin Verlanders contract is so big that the Tigers had no fear any other team would want it. After the traditional trade deadline passed at the end of July, Verlander and the $28 million hes owed in each of the next two years easily cleared revocable waivers, making the 34-year-old Tiger still eligible to leave Detroit this month.

That might be good news for the Houston Astros, who have reportedly been in trade talks with the Tigers since the deadline. Houston is currently the best team in the American League, but the front office caused some anxiety, even in their own clubhouse, when they didnt make a move for another arm in the rotation in July. At a glance, though, this wasnt a roster with any key holes that needed to be plugged. In the rotation is a solid line-up that includes the 2015 Cy Young winner, a rising young ace, and a couple of journeymen enjoying career years. Its not a legendarily terrifying group, but it can still be enough to win a playoff series.

Injuries, however, are taking a toll. Lance McCullers, the 23-year-old who was only getting better, went on the DL last week for resurgent back pain after a run of bad starts. Dallas Keuchel, too, has only pitched a combined eight innings in two starts since returning from injury. With these setbacks, the thought of the Astros needing to send out Brad Peacock or Charlie Morton, as solid as theyve been this year, in a Game 7 is just a little too worrisome for the team to stand pat.

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