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MLB trade rumors: Tigers unlikely to trade Justin Verlander

Justin Verlander is likely to remain with the Tigers at least through the end of this season.

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The Tigers don’t expect to trade right-handed starter Justin Verlander prior to tonight’s waiver trade deadline, per USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale.

Verlander, 34, is guaranteed $56 million over the next two seasons and has a full no-trade clause, both of which would seem to be obstacles as Detroit considers trading him. But in terms of pure ability, the six-time All-Star is arguably the most attractive candidate on the market this month. After a rough first half, Verlander has posted a 2.41 ERA and 0.91 WHIP with 78 strikeouts and 16 walks in 67.1 innings since the All-Star break.

Even if he had continued to struggle, Verlander would be an intriguing commodity due to his strong postseason track record. In 16 playoff starts, the 13-year veteran has a 3.39 ERA with a 1.09 WHIP, 112 strikeouts, and 30 walks over 98.1 innings. With teams the Astros, Indians, and Nationals still potentially in need of rotation help, Verlander looked like he could be a good fit for a few contenders.

Verlander cleared revocable trade waivers at the beginning of this month according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press, so he’s eligible to be traded anywhere if he waives his no-trade clause.