What the heck just happened?
Tigers and Astros very close to finalizing a deal for Justin Verlander. Verlander's approval is believed to be final hurdle— Chris McCosky (@cmccosky) September 1, 2017
Not ten minutes later...the deal was off.
I have been told that Verlander deal is off. Apparently he didn't waive no trade clause. Again, Verlander deal has been nixed— Chris McCosky (@cmccosky) September 1, 2017
The Tigers and Astros, if you choose to believe it, agreed to Daz Cameron, Franklin Perez and Jake Rogers for Verlander, a veteran of 13 seasons with Detroit, runner-up for the Cy Young last season and subject to many a Houston rumor this season.
The repercussions of this no-deal are still substantial. If the reports are true, Jeff Luhnow went for what would have been one of the biggest August blockbuster deals since the Dodgers-Red Sox mega salary dump of 2012, a shift from the perception of his deadline dealings in July. Regardless of your opinion on whether or not prospects should have been dealt to fortify the MLB roster, Luhnow's actions support the idea that upgrading the roster was definitely a focus after a rough month of August for the club.
A trade report like this getting out into the media rarely happens when the Astros are involved. The initial reports coming from a Detroit writer, though suggest the story broke from the Tigers end. And what about no-trade clauses? Luhnow took some heat in 2016 for "complaining" about his dealings being affected by player no-trade clauses. Cole Hamels and Jonathan Lucroy were heavily rumored the last two seasons to Houston, but wouldn't waive NTCs to do so. None of this was confirmed, but this one is concrete if true - Verlander didn't want to come to Houston, for whatever reason.
So, it's been an interesting night for trade dealings in August, which again, almost never happens. At 10:15 Verlander was nearly an Astro, and at 10:25 everything was back to "normal" - as if anything can be normal when a team gets that close to a trade for Justin Verlander.
McCosky is now saying it isn’t clear if the deal failed because of Verlander’s no-trade clause or it was the Astros pulling out. The additional tweet screams of a sports writer trying to mend fences since Verlander will still be in town at least until the offseason.
The Verlander deal was nixed either because he vetoed it, or because the Astros got cold feet and pulled back part of their offer. Not clear— Chris McCosky (@cmccosky) September 1, 2017