Trade to Astros promises to keep Justin Verlander business booming

Forget the sentimentality that will help shape analysis of the Justin Verlander trade. Verlander just made a good busine s decision.It was his call to approve the Tigers’ deal with the Astros just before midnight ET Thursday. Reports said he was holding out for a trade to the Cubs, his first choice, only to Wade Davis Jersey settle on Houston at the last minute.Looking at the big picture, he had to know that two (or three) years and a month-plus in Chicago or Houston would set him up better for one last payday after his current deal ends in 2019 or 2020.MORE: Worst in-season trades for every AL franchiseToo cynical? Yes and no.Sure, there has to be a big part of him that wants to win, wants that World Series ring after mi sing out on it in 2006 and 2012. Maybe, too, he wants to play a part in the recovery in Houston, where one of his boyhood idols, Nolan Ryan, pitched.But it seems naive to think future earnings didn’t play some role. According toCot’s Baseball Contracts, his $22 million option for 2020 will vest if he finishes in the top five in Cy Young voting. Pitch for a winner in 2019 at age 36 rather than with the rebuilding Tigers and, well, there ya go.MORE: See who the Tigers got for VerlanderVerlander is leaving Detroit before the circle can close around him. He made his debut in 2005; the Tigers finished 75-87 that year. The next season, while he wasstill arookie, he was pitching in the World Series.After a decade of mostly high finishes in the AL Central, Detroit fell hard this year. The past two months have served as the countdown to the launch of the rebuild. J Carlos Gonzalez Jersey .D. Martinez left first. Alex Avila followed. Justin Upton was dealt Thursday afternoon to the Angels.Verlander reacted on Twitter to the Upton news.Too soon…. Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) August 31, 2017The cynic’s response? You’re next.Just before midnight, Verlander was indeed the next one out. He had made an investment in his future.He had made areally good deal forhimself, in fact.

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