Justin Verlander is headed to Houston.
The Tigers sent Justin Verlander to the Astros minutes before the waiver trade deadline Thursday night for three prospects.
We've acquired Franklin Perez, Daz Cameron & Jake Rogers from the Astros in exchange for Justin Verlander & a PTBNL or cash considerations.
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) September 1, 2017
According to MLB.com, Franklin Perez is Houston’s No. 3 prospect. Outfielder Daz Cameron is the Astros’ No. 9-ranked prospect, and he is especially intriguing for Tigers fans after the team traded away Justin Upton to the Angels earlier Thursday.
Rogers, a catcher, was Houston’s No. 11-ranked prospect.
“We thought the deal was dead,” Astros owner Jim Crane said, via MLB.com. “We tried previously. He’s a quality pitcher. He’s pitched well his whole career and has been pitching well lately. I think he’ll add a dimension to the playoffs, hopefully,”
Verlander has been pitching some of his best baseball this season since the All-Star break, finishing nine of his 10 starts since that time with three earned runs or fewer.
Verlander still has three-plus years remaining on his massive six-year $162 million deal signed before the 2013 season. The six-time All-Star fell just short of winning his second AL Cy Young award last season.
According to Yahoo Sports, the Tigers also sent the Astros “significant money” as part of the deal.