Adrian Beltre became the 31st player in baseball history to reach 3,000 MLB hits on Sunday at Globe Life Park.
Beltre blasted a 91-mph pitch off of Baltimore’s Wade Miley down the left-field line for a standup double in the fourth inning, becoming the first-ever Dominican native with 3,000 hits.
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The report did state that it is unclear if there is any momentum in the trade talks, but the two teams are in contact.
Verlander is owed $60 million though 2019, which is a little more than Houston is known for spending, but a trade would make sense for both teams. The Tigers are starting to rebuild after failing to win a World Series title for Mike Ilitch. They sent closer Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila to the Cubs, and outfielder J.D. Martinez to the Diamondbacks.
The Astros are in contention for a possible World Series run, but they desperately need to solidify their rotation. While ace Dallas Keuchel has been great when healthy, he does not have a running mate to help him get through the postseason.
Lance McCullers Jr. started the season off in great form, however, he has recently battled injuries and control issues. The rest of the rotation (Collin McHugh, Brad Peacock, Charlie Morton and Mike Fiers) has performed well at times this season, but likely won’t be enough to help the Astros reach their full postseason potential.
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The Tigers will almost certainly after top Astros prospects Kyle Tucker or Derek Fisher, both outfielders, in return for Verlander. The trade’s chances of getting done may come down to Houston’s willingness to part with major pieces in their farm system.