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Astros Acquire Justin Verlander, Angels Bring On Justin Upton in Late-Night Trades

As a Mariners fan, last night’s trades make me feel like Michael Scott after he found out he wasn’t getting the job at corporate he felt so confident he’d be picked for. Despite my disappointment, October just got a whole lot more interesting. Despite the fact that the Astros are more than guaranteed to waltz into the postseason, they addressed some concerns with some late-night acquisitions. The Angels are making a wild-card push and added some solid pieces to their roster as well.

Astros Acquire RHP Justin Verlander for P Franklin Perez, C Jake Rogers and OF Daz Cameron

After the Tigers failed to move Verlander at the deadline, everyone all but expected him to be traded during the offseason. The Astros had a mostly disappointing trade deadline themselves, failing to make any major moves while their fellow contender Los Angeles Dodgers went out and made themselves even more unstoppable.

This trade shows just how intent the Astros are on winning this postseason. They’re taking nothing for granted, because 162 games is a long time for what was a good team last year to fall apart. They’ve got something good and they just made it a whole lot better.

Perhaps a more underrated but stellar acquisition came last night as well when the Astros brought on outfielder Cameron Maybin off waivers from the Angels. The outfield is pretty crowded in Houston, but Maybin brings depth and talent they can tap into down the stretch.

Angels Acquire OF Justin Upton from Detroit for Prospect Grayson Long

 If it’s not clear at this point in the article, the Tigers are diving right into rebuild mode. In other news, the Angels are taking full advantage of their surprising status as Wild Card contenders and upgrading in the outfield by letting Maybin go to the Astros and bringing in Upton. This now makes the Angels favorites to take one of the Wild Card spots, making the climb basically impossible for Seattle.

The Angels also brought on veteran second baseman Brandon Phillips from Atlanta in exchange for catcher Tony Sánchez.

Cubs Acquire OF Leonys Martin from Seattle for Player to Be Named Later

 Looking to go the distance in October themselves, the Cubs brought on Martin as a reserve outfielder or a pinch runner, but his upside makes this a great deal for Chicago. Defensively, Martin has shown himself to be in elite company at his best. His struggles at the plate this year led the Mariners to keep him in AAA for most of the season, but perhaps Joe Maddon has some crazy plans for him.

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