By: Evan Jankens

If the Tigers do plan on trading Justin Verlander it appears one place he could wind up with would be the Chicago Cubs.

A story published by early Wednesday morning stated a couple players from the Cubs that would make sense in return to the Tigers.

Even if they want to keep Jimenez, they still have a logjam of position players, particularly if they believe Kyle Schwarber is still in their long-term plans (and, no, Schwarber isn’t good enough to be the centerpiece of a Verlander or Gray deal). They could make Ian Happ or Javier Baez part of a deal for a pitcher.

Earlier this week’s Jon Morosti tweeted out the following about a potential Verlander to the Cubs trade: “#Cubs inquired to #Tigers on availability of Justin Verlander and Alex Avila, sources say, but sides have not engaged in trade negotiations.”

ESPN’s Buster Olney tweeted about Verlander and the Cubs as well: “Teams asking about Justin Verlander; perception is DET looking for big,big,big return w/out salary offset. Owed $70m for rest of ’17,’18.’19.”

The story goes on to say that it doesn’t appear the Tigers are going anywhere as they sit at 37-45. Could winning 10 out of the next 12 prevent the Tigers from trading Verlander?

In the wild-card era since 1995, only 11 teams with a losing record on July 4 made the playoffs (and none won the World Series). I’ll throw in that none of those 11 were as bad as 37-45. The Tigers can hope for better second halves from Verlander and Miguel Cabrera, but even then they’re not a playoff team. It’s time to commit to a rebuild and Verlander, even with his 4.96 ERA and the $56 million owed him in 2018-19 (plus a $22 million vesting option for 2020), should bring a nice return in a season where so many teams will be scrambling for pitching help.

Do you think the Tigers will wind up trading Verlander by the deadline?

  1. Daniel Barch says:

    If they can get the big big haul without paying JV’s salary (in part) they should do it. Like you said, not getting it done as is, and why would you expect standing pat to work next year–especially when other pieces will be gone, and the team has a post Mr. Illitch style of cutting payroll (i.e. no big replacements will be signed.)

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