Verlander Might Waive No-Trade Clause if Orioles Deal Surfaces

If a deal with the Orioles materializes, Justin Verlander may waive his no-trade clause: insider

The Baltimore Orioles filled one of their only major roster voids this summer when they acquired ace Corbin Burnes from the Milwaukee Brewers, pulling off the biggest starting pitching coup of the offseason.

But it appears like their pitching staff could use some extra help before the deadline as they battle it out with the New York Yankees for first place in the American League East division.

Nine-time All-Star and three-time Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander, who is in the penultimate season of a two-year, $86.6 million contract with a full no-trade clause and a vesting option for the following season, is one possible trade candidate that has arisen.

The Houston Astros Have Shown Interest in Trading for the Baltimore Orioles Verlander Justin
According to New York Post MLB insider Jon Heyman, who projected the possibility of a fit between Verlander and the Orioles, if a deal with Baltimore materializes, the player would waive that condition.

Heyman added, “Justin Verlander… has (a) full no trade, but the guess is he might accept L.A. or (near hometown) Baltimore.”
The Orioles’ front office “won’t have to give up too much in return, which is their MO at the deadline,” thus Verland to Baltimore is a “possibility,” an anonymous American League executive told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, adding to the chorus in support of that potential.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today recently queried trade rumors surrounding Verlander by emphasizing his no-trade clause.

“Now that the Houston Astros are out of the race, it’s time to put an end to the rumors that they would trade Cy Young winner Justin Verlander at the trade deadline,” said Nightengale. “Verlander enjoys playing in Houston and has a complete no-trade clause. He already used his no-trade clause to influence the Mets to trade him to Houston rather than another team during the offseason.

If players are traded by the Houston Astros, Justin Verlander might decide to join the Baltimore Orioles.
However, Verlander might decide he would rather to close this season on a contender if the Astros suddenly offload players like Framber Valdez, Kyle Tucker, or Alex Bregman before the deadline.
Darragh McDonald said for MLB Trade Rumors, “Despite Verlander’s love of being an Astro, it’s possible he will have to weigh that against his desire to compete.” “Although that plan didn’t pan out, he signed with the (New York) Mets citing a desire to win… Verlander has pitched incredibly well despite getting older, and he may be in great demand this summer.

 

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