MLB trade rumor grade: Justin Verlander to the Brewers?

The trade deadline isn’t until July 31, yet rumors are already flying around. We’re here to help you sort them out by determining how believable and likely a particular rumor is. Can you believe that this service is free?

Next up on the list: There’s a rumor that Justin Verlander, longtime Tigers starter, is of interest to the Brewers according to the Free Press’ Anthony Fenech. Now, the Brewers wanting a starter is certainly believable you’ve seen their rotation, yes? so this one comes down heavily on how likely it is the Tigers are going to be moving Verlander and his not insubstantial contract.

Verlander is having a super disappointing season in which he’s basically been league-average by ERA, and has averaged just over 5-2/3 innings per start neither of those items is particularly Verlanderish. The rub here, though, is that a league-average starter who isn’t hurting your team and actually has the potential to be better than that is something the Tigers could use. Matt Garza has looked the most like the useful version of himself that he has in years, while Chase Anderson and Jimmy Nelson have both been doing work, but everyone else has been disappointing, bad, or some combination of the two.

I then made my way over to Clayton Kershaw’s press conference. He was leaning back in his chair and seemed to be having a pretty good time for a guy who had to talk to multiple people who all wanted to ask him a question in the hopes that his answer would be more interesting than any of the other answers he gave.

I asked him if he’s had either song stuck in his head. He has not.

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