Major League Baseball notes: Angels acquire Upton from Tigers

Astros get OF Cameron Maybin on waiver claim

While the Astros still had a strong farm system, it was nowhere near as advanced as it was before Lance McCullers Jr., Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa graduated to the major league team - and wanting to "keep that powder dry" is just one part of the calculus involved in going for a title.

The righty also has a full no-trade clause, so he controls his future, which according to recent reports, won't include a change of scenery before Thursday's midnight trade deadline.

"They didn't make a big transaction at the (non-waiver trade) deadline (in July), and I think they were very focused on getting Verlander".

In any case, Verlander is now an Astro and his longstanding tenure as a Tiger has come to an end.

We'll start with his value. He has finished in the top five of Cy Young voting six times, including a second-place finish in 2016, when he went 16-9 with a 3.04 ERA (77ER/227.2IP), while leading the AL in strikeouts (254) and WHIP (1.001). He's won a Cy Young, won an MVP. Long was among the Angels' better prospects after posting a 2.52 ERA in 23 Double-A starts this season. The 34-year-old Verlander is 10-8 on the season with a 3.82 ERA, but is 5-2 with a 2.41 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 67.1 innings since the All-Star break.

Verlander's always been and remains a horse, too.

Beltre had fielded a ground ball in the seventh inning and was about to make the throw to first when he pulled up quickly, resulting in an infield single. He has 28 home runs on the season and a career-high slugging percentage of.542. He could be another Curt Schilling, a bigger-bodied pitcher who was 23-7 with a 3.23 ERA for Arizona in his age 35 year and 21-6 with a 3.26 with Boston in his age 37 year. Astros owner Jim Crane, speaking to reporters, said of Verlander, "He was a little reluctant and eventually made the right decision".

What happened on Thursday night with Verlander is not entirely clear.

Neither players was having remarkable seasons before hitting the disabled list, but both bring relatively experienced arms to Detroit's rotation. Unfortunately for Detroit, the Tigers lost the series again, this time they were swept by the San Francsico Giants, 4-0. The Tigers want top-tier talent in return for their ace pitcher, but teams are reticent to give up the necessary prospects while also swallowing a larger portion of his future salary (he's owed $56 million over the next two seasons).

That said, when the opportunity arises to acquire somebody like Verlander, it's often hard to pass it up, especially for a legitimate World Series contender such as Houston.



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