Tigers starter Justin Verlander has turned his season around over his last 10 starts. During that span of time, dating back to July 8, he has a 2.38 ERA with a 75/19 K/BB ratio in 68 innings. As a result, trade interest has picked up, Jon Morosi reports. The Astros were reportedly interested previously, but a different team has emerged as a potential landing spot.
Overall, Verlander owns a 3.90 ERA and a 167/66 K/BB ratio in 166 innings on the season. While the stats are decent, particularly recently, an acquiring team is most concerned about his age (34) and his contract. He’s owed $28 million in each of the next two seasons and has a $22 million vesting option for 2020.
A contending team would need to add Verlander by Thursday in order for the right-hander to become eligible for the postseason roster.