MLB Trade Rumors: 2 Trade Destinations Emerging for Justin Verlander

After getting off to a late start to the season, 41-year-old Justin Verlander is still trying to find his form. He was hammered by the New York Yankees for seven runs in five innings 
in his last start on Tuesday, and now sports a 4.43 ERA in 22 innings with a meager 15:10 strikeout to walk ratio. 

But hey, this is still Justin Verlander, a 3-time Cy Young winner who had a 3.22 ERA last season for the New York Mets and the Astros with a 144:45 K/BB ratio. 

The Astros, meanwhile, are also struggling out of the gate at 14-24, and as we've already noted about another Astros star, big name trades could be on the horizon.  

Two teams are getting mentioned as potential trade destinations for Verlander by the deadline. 

Baltimore Orioles

Verlander is a Baltimore-area kid, and one AL executive told, “Verlander is a possibility (for) Baltimore. [They] won’t have to give up too much in return, which is their M.O. at the deadline.” 

The Orioles already added one former Cy Young winner to their rotation for this season in Corbin Burnes, now could they land another? The O's are clearly one of the teams to beat in the American League, sitting atop the AL East, going into Saturday's games with a 25-12 mark, winners of eight of their last 10 games. 

Baltimore's rotation has looked tremendous so far, but as the recent injury to Grayson Rodriguez illustrates, that old baseball adage "you can never have enough pitching" is more true now than ever.

Los Angeles Dodgers

At this point, the only trades that Verlander would be interested in would be to a contender. The Dodgers certainly check that box, so it the 19 year veteran would make sense to see the 19-year veteran waive his full no-trade clause to head to LA. 

The Dodgers rotation just welcomed back Walker Buehler after a two-year absence, but they're still waiting on Clayton Kershaw, who won't be back until July or August, and sophomore Bobby Miller, who is making progress from a shoulder injury that he suffered back in April.  

Once again, remember that mantra for any contender: "You can never have enough…"

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