The Mets traded Jay Bruce to the Indians Wednesday, which should have been an expected transaction completed with little other thought given to it. This is the Mets, though, and that’s not how they tend to work. Instead, shortly after the deal, leaks started coming out that the Yankees had been involved in negotiations as well, and it was clear these leaks came from the Yanks, because they did not paint the Mets in a flattering light.
The Yankees rarely leak — they’re one of the quieter teams in the game, and you often don’t know they’re involved in something until it happens (unless, such as in the case of the Todd Frazier etc. trade from July, they’re negotiating with a team as chatty as the White Sox). So, if the Yankees are leaking, there is a reason, and that reason is that their offer was the superior one, and it didn’t get them anywhere.
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What might help the Tigers with leverage at this point Cheap Goalie Jerseys is Verlander’s recent pitching: his ERA+ for the season is now up at 104, whereas during deadline negotiations he was sitting below-average at the same time he was failing to go deep into games.
Verlander certainly isn’t out of the woods just yet, but he’s been pitching deeper into games for the last month and has a 2.31 ERA with over a strikeout per inning over his last six starts. That looks more like a starter the Tigers can demand things for, and depending on the Astros’ level of insecurity about their own starters, might be what convinces them to dive in even with all the cash Cheap Hats And Jerseys still coming the right-hander’s way.