Chicago Cubs Reportedly Reach Out To Detroit Tigers About Justin Verlander's Availability

By Timothy Downs

In desperate need of starting pitching help, the reigning World Series champion Chicago Cubs have no choice but to scour the market for a feasible trade prior to MLB‘s non-waiver trade deadline on July 31.

According to reports, the Cubs recently reached out to the Detroit Tigers about RHP Justin Verlander‘s availability.

Verlander was a finalist for the AL Cy Young award last season (16-9, 3.04 ERA, 1.00 WHIP), but ultimately lost to former teammate Rick Porcello of the Boston Red Sox.

However, 2017 has not been as kind to the 34-year-old hurler. Verlander is currently 5-5 with an elevated 4.96 ERA and 1.52 WHIP through 17 starts.

While the Cubs undoubtedly have enough young talent to get a deal done with Detroit, keep in mind Verlander is under contract through 2019 (with a $22 million partially vesting option in 2020) and is owed a guaranteed $56 million for the next two seasons.

Chicago wouldn’t have to give up much if it was willing to eat the majority of Verlander’s deal, but doing so would be incredibly risky.

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