ESPN Wow, what a crazy day. The Angels acquired Justin Upton and Brandon Phillips to boost their offense, the Rangers acquired Miguel Gonzalez and the Cubs picked up Leonys Martin. But the blockbuster was the deal that didn’t happen … and then did! Initial reports late in the evening were that the Detroit Tigers had agreed to trade Justin Verlander to the Houston Astros, only to have Verlander veto the trade. Then follow-up reports said it wasn’t clear whether the deal had simply fallen apart or Verlander had nixed it, per his rights as a 10-and-5 guy (10 years in the majors, the last five with the same team). Then, about 18 minutes after the midnight deadline, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reported there was a deal. And so there was. The Astros needed Verlander. Lance McCullers Jr. is still on the disabled list with back soreness and Dallas Keuchel has a 5.35 ERA in seven starts since returning from his own DL stint. The rotation has also struggled in the second half with a 4.79 ERA.
It was a crazy day in Major League Baseball, as the postseason arms race heated up on August 31st, led by the Houston Astros. The Astros acquired pitcher Justin Verlander from the Detroit Tigers, adding an ace to an already strong rotation, which is currently dealing with some injuries. The Astros also acquired outfielder Cameron Maybin from the Angels, who is tied with his new Astros teammate Jose Altuve at the top of the AL stolen bases leaderboard, adding more speed to a team that is already fast on the base paths. At the beginning of the year, I projected a Dodgers versus Astros World Series with the Astros prevailing, and the deadline deals made by each team only solidified that prediction.
In other deals, the Angels acquired Justin Upton from the Tigers and Brandon Phillips from the Braves, the Cubs acquired Leonys Martin, and the Rangers acquired Miguel Gonzalez.
What was the point of the July 31st MLB Trade Deadline again?