We’ve already written that the Brewers would be a good fit for Verlander. And Milwaukee was connected to him back in July. However that contract and the no-trade clause are major inhibitors to any deal.
If David Stearns and Mark Attanasio are willing to take on the rest of his contract, a deal could get done with minimal prospect sacrifices. That would satisfy Attanasio’s desire to go for it this year and also satisfy Stearns’ desire to keep his prospects.
The Astros are also rumored to be looking at Verlander but haven’t gotten much traction, leaving the Brewers an opportunity to swoop in. As long as Stearns gets to keep Brinson and others that are in his untouchable prospects corps, Verlander could very well come to Milwaukee.
While his stats may be underwhelming this year, he has done better of late and still shows flashes of his Cy Young stuff. A top of the rotation with Verlander, Jimmy Nelson, and Chase Anderson would provide some hope in a playoff series.
Blockbuster deals are rare in August and make no mistake, this would be a blockbuster. An ace the quality of Verlander moving from one side of Lake Michigan to the other would put the rest of MLB on notice that the Milwaukee Brewers are for real and are here to stay.