ESPN: Brewers could be surprise team to land Verlander

The Detroit News
Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander continues to be subject of trade rumors, including ones linking him to the Dodgers, Brewers and Yankees.

Justin Verlander trade rumors continue to percolate with ESPN.com's David Schoenfield weighing in on his latest thoughts.

Most observers concede the Tigers right-hander's contract that owes him $56 million over the next two seasons, coupled with the $9 million remaining this season, is the biggest stumbling block to any deal before Monday's trade deadline. Verlander also has the right to refuse any deal.

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The Dodgers have the money to absorb Verlander's contract, but the Tigers would have to settle for second-tier prospects, Schoenfield writes.

How about JV as a Brewer?

"The Milwaukee Brewers could be a surprise team here because their payroll is so low that there is room to bring on Verlander's salary, plus they have a highly rated farm system," Schoenfield writes.

The Yankees also have the financial resources and farm system depth, namely right-handed prospect Chance Adams, who might be enough to tempt the Tigers to pull the trigger.