Tigers Release Young Centerpiece In 2017 Justin Verlander Deal

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Sometimes high profile deals in Major League Baseball don’t work out for either side. Sometimes, they only work out for one party.

Such seems to be the case in the trade between the Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros back in 2017, a deal that allowed the Astros to acquire future Hall of Fame pitcher Justin Verlander.

But what about the Tigers? Well they are already parting ways with one of the big name players in the deal, as righty Franklin Perez’s time in the Motor City is over, according to reports from MLB Insider Jon Morosi.

Morosi says that the decision to release Perez comes less than four years after the deal to ship Verlander to Houston came down, when the Tigers were able to get Perez along with a couple other name prospects.

Along with Verlander, the Tigers sent Juan Ramirez to Houston on October 13th to wrap up the deal. Houston dealt a handful of up and coming players, Perez (minors), Daz Cameron and Jake Rogers.

It’s been a tough road for Perez, who will soon undergo shoulder surgery. He’s bounced all around the minors, from rookie ball to high ‘A’ ball, trying to hone his skills and eventually work his way to the Majors. He has not pitched in a minor league regular season game since June of 2019.

For now, Perez needs to get healthy and then find a club that will bring him on in 2021.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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