Cincinnati Reds could be a potential landing spot for Justin Verlander
Thanks to a strong June and end to the first half of the season, the Cincinnati Reds have become a serious threat to the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central. Young start Elly De La Cruz has brought back the fans in Cincinnati.
One area that the Reds need at least one addition is a starting pitcher. Hunter Greene and Nick Lodolo are currently injured and they are trying to patch the rotation together with young arms and some questionable arms.
Ben Lively, Luke Weaver, Andrew Abbott, Brandon Williamson, and Graham Ashcraft are currently their starting five and they are doing their best to keep them neck-and-neck with the Brewers. Can they survive the next two-plus months with the current names above? Not likely, which tells the front office that a starting arm is needed.
Verlander would come in and be a solid No. 2 or 3 addition to the rotation and give the Reds a bolt on the mound. Cincinnati has two paths to the postseason this year, either winning the division to edging out a number of teams for a Wild Card spot. If they are going to either spot, getting an arm like Verlander’s is a must, but getting him to waive his clause for them could be the biggest obstacle.