One of the most enjoyable aspects of the trade deadline is the feeling that anything can happen, given this is an “event” in which all 30 teams participate and represents the last in-season chance to make major changes without the annoyance of waiver rules.
Most trades aren’t highway robberies for one side or the other, but are simply matches of needs between two teams with differing goals. It’s much harder to imagine a fair trade than an unreasonable one, so when concocting a possible trade including all 30 teams at once, I tried not to include any “my washed-up veterans for your young superstar” type — and would each team in fact close the deal?
Of course not, but I’ve tried to include something for everyone.
Seattle Mariners acquire: RHP Justin Verlander and $30 million
Detroit Tigers receive: RHP Max Povse, DH Dan Vogelbach, CF Braden Bishop, 3B Joe Rizzo
The Tigers have made a lot of noise about expecting teams to pick up Verlander’s entire contract andlanding an impressive package of prospects.