Astros trade Justin Verlander to Los Angeles Dodgers

MLB rumors: Will Nolan Arenado and Justin Verlander be traded by the Dodgers?

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ formidable lineup has helped them get off to a great start in the 2024 season. While Jon Heyman of the New York Post notes that the team could yet sign two big-name players, Nolan Arenado and Justin Verlander, any baseball team would love to have Los Angeles’ output power:
“Alan Arenado: He might approve of a deal since nobody detests losing more than he does, and the Cardinals have been in a dismal run for more than a year. Although he isn’t truly needed by the Dodgers, he might choose to sign with them.

Justin Verlander: Against the Yankees on Tuesday night, he will need to pitch better. had no trade in full, but the estimate is he might accept L.A. or (close to hometown) Baltimore.”

With the Astros off to a terrible start, Verlander’s name has popped up in trade rumors recently. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale poured cold water on that idea however:

‘It’s time to stop the speculation that the Houston Astros would trade Cy Young winner Justin Verlander at the trade deadline if they are out of the race. Verlander has a complete no-trade clause and loves playing in Houston. He already utilized his no-trade clause to steer the Mets into trading him last summer to Houston instead of elsewhere. The Mets were in deep trade discussions last summer involving Verlander with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays, but Verlander informed the Mets that he wouldn’t approve a trade unless it was Houston.’

However valuable he may still be, Nolan Arenado does not fit the Cardinals’ current trajectory. St. Louis discussed an Arenado deal with the Dodgers last season before management decided to walk away from negotiations.

2024: Dodgers off to a quick start
Dodgers play is playing well. The Dodgers have won 14 of their last 16 games to sit at 26-13 on the season after going through a difficult stretch that included a three-game losing streak in the middle of April.
The Dodgers’ offensive stars Shohei Ohtani, Freddie Freeman, and Mookie Betts aren’t the only ones causing harm.

Tyler Glasnow, the MLB leader in starts (8), is at 6-1 on the season, tying his 2019 campaign for the second-most in his career. In addition, Glasnow leads the MLB in strikeouts (63), innings pitched (50.0), and hitters faced (195)

The Dodgers hold a 6.5-game lead over the San Diego Padres, who are in second place in the NL West, thanks to their recent hot performance. Los Angeles will be even greater favorites to win another World Series if they can add either Verlander or Arenado to the roster—not that they need the assistance.

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