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The Tigers and Astros have discussed Justin Verlander

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Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Tigers and Astros have been in touch this month regarding a possible Justin Verlander trade.

Verlander cleared waivers last week, meaning that he can be traded to anyone despite the fact that we’re past the trade deadline. The deadline which matters now is the end of August, by which time playoff bound teams have their rosters set for the postseason.

Verlander has a 4.20 ERA over 21 starts this season, but he’s pitched much better in recent outings, going six or seven innings in his last four starts. He’s reduced his ERA to where it is now from a high of 4.96 at the beginning of July.

Verlander is owed the remainder of his $28 million salary for this season and will make $28 million in each of the next two seasons. He has a vesting option worth $22 million in 2020. That option vests if he finishes in the top-five of 2019 Cy Young Award balloting.

Giants sign Austin Jackson to two-year, $6 million contract

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The Giants announced on Monday night the signing of outfielder Austin Jackson. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, it’s a two-year, $6 million deal with performance incentives that allow Jackson to earn up to an additional $2.5 million for a total of $8.5 million.

Jackson, who soon turns 31 years old, spent last season with the Indians. In 318 plate appearances, he hit .318/.387/.482 with seven home runs, 35 RBI, and 46 runs scored.

The Giants have been on the hunt for a center fielder and Jackson addresses that need relatively cheaply. Jackson will join Hunter Pence and newcomer Andrew McCutchen in the outfield.