Houston Astros aquire pitcher Justin Verlander

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) in the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Denver. The Tigers won 6-2. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

In a late-night deal Friday, the Houston Astros acquired Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander.

The deal was reported by the Detroit Free Press.

Houston trade to acquire Verlander before the July 31 non-waver trade deadline, but was unable to make it work with the Tigers.

“We thought the deal was dead,” Astros owner Jim Crane told Brian McTaggart. :We tried previously. He’s a quality pitcher.”

In Verlander, the Astros acquire a Cy Young winner who has pitched to a strong 3.82 ERA and 4.04 FIP in 172 innings for Detroit so far this season. The 34-year-old will immediately slot into a rotation headlined by Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers (if healthy), giving the team a potential three-headed monster for the postseason.

Verlander has spent his entire 13-year career with Detroit, earning six All-Star appearances and earning Cy Young votes in seven seasons. His Tigers’ run ends with a 183-114 record and 3.49 ERA in 380 career starts, easily making him one of the best starters in franchise history.

In his six starts at Minute Maid Park as a visitor, Verlander has a 3.65 ERA with 42 strikeouts and 14 walks.


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