Astros: Key Factors of a Verlander/Wilson Trade
By Clint Irle
With the trade deadline looming, here are a few points to consider for a Verlander/Wilson Trade:
With the Tigers expressing interest in moving the veteran right-hander, the Astros are in a unique position to approach them with a package that can accommodate both teams. Here are two things both teams wish to carry out:
Astros – want to keep Kyle Tucker and Forrest Whitley, win a World Series
Tigers – want to dump Verlander’s payroll, prepare for future
Wheel and Deal
We all want to get the most for our money. It’s common interest. The Astros are no different. They want to get the most from a trade that would include some of their top prospects. However, with news coming out that the Tigers are willing to include cash in a Justin Verlander trade, this becomes a kicker.
The Astros can use this cash option to their advantage. Paying Verlander’s full salary for the rest of his contract has its advantage. The Astros will be able to keep control over the players they want. Consequently, it will cost the Astros $65 million through 2019. Particularly relevant, Verlander comes with a full no-trade clause. That will be the price to keep players meant for the Astros future.
The Tiger’s Edge
The bullpen needs help. Justin Wilson is exactly what the doctor’s order in regards to relief pitching and left-handed match-ups. You solve two problems with his acquisition. First of all, you added the matchup which can win you playoff games.
Secondly, you relieve the pressure on the rest of the bullpen. The Tigers can use Wilson as a leverage piece for one of Houston’s most prized prospects, as his value continues to rise across the league.
The Bottom Line
The Astros and Tigers will need to find mutual ground on a package deal that sends Verlander and Wilson to Houston. The Tigers are in need of players to develop for their future. The Stros are in the hunt for a championship.
Next: What if the Astros trade for Verlander and Wilson?
However, does the cost outweigh the benefit? Will the return on this investment yield profits both on and off the field? This will be the question as the trade deadline is 11 days away.
***Stats and Data courtesy of Baseball-Reference, Steve Adams with MLB Rumors, Jon Heyman, and Jon Morosi***