Bob Nightengale just tweeted and confirmed that in a last-minute deal the Houston Astros have acquired Justin Verlander from the Detroit Tigers. In return Detroit will be receiving Franklin Perez, Daz Cameron and Jake Rodgers which are #3, #9, and #11 in the Astros system respectively according to mlb.com
Verlander is signed through 2019 with an option in 2020 depending on how the Cy Young voting in 2019 happens. in 18-19 Verlander is owed $56,000,000. Verlander is a good acquisition for the Astros, while he is no longer the standout ace he was earlier in his career, he adds a good arm and depth to an Astros rotation that desperately needed another good arm headed into the playoffs.
In return Detroit continues to add to their prospect list. Franklin Perez is a 19 year old pitcher currently in AA. His fastball sits 92-94 and his Curveball is his second best pitch. He projects to be a #3 stater as his ceiling, but of course pitchers are typically hard to project.
Daz Cameron is a true Centerfielder currently in A ball. He’s still very raw, but definitely has the talent to be an everyday player in the major leagues. His contact rate is good, and athleticism is off the charts. His swing is compact and leads to lots of contact hitting, and he still has potential to add power as he gets stronger.
Lastly we have Jake Rodgers who is a Catcher in High-A. Catchers are a slow burn, and take a long time to develop right. But Cameron, again, has a good chance of making the majors. I would say Rogers will likely be a #2 catcher, or an up and down depth piece. His arm is average, and his bat is streaky.
Overall this helps the Astros as they push to the World Series this year, and gives Detroit 3 very nice pieces in return. My prediction is that Verlander will keep declining and in 2019 he may be a back of the rotation type guy, but slots in nicely in 2017 and possibly in 18 as well. Detroit will walk away $56 million richer, and have possibly 3 every day players on their team in return for a guy that wasn’t helping them win right now. I call this a win for both sides.
Per Jeff Passan on Twitter, Detroit is also sending $10 Million to Houston as part of the deal