The Los Angeles Dodgers are in the market for starting pitching help, especially with Clayton Kershaw hurt. But one of the top options, Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers, doesn't interest the Dodgers.
"Count the Dodgers out of the Justin Verlander sweepstakes, not that they were ever in," Ken Rosenthal writes. "The Dodgers are trying to get away from Verlander-type contracts, particularly as they face ongoing luxury-tax concerns."
Detroit is aggressively shopping Verlander in order to get his contract off the books. He's owed about $68 million for this season and the next two, a contract the Dodgers don't want to take on. His contract also includes a $22 million vesting option for 2020 if he finishes in the top five in the 2019 Cy Young voting, although that seems unlikely.
Verlander is 5-7 with a 4.50 ERA and 120 strikeouts in 21 starts this season. Verlander is 5-7 with a 4.50 ERA and 120 strikeouts in 21 starts this season. Those are down numbers for Verlander, who is now 34 years old.Back to the Los Angeles Dodgers Newsfeed