(c) Houston Astros

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Position: P      Born: Feb 20, 1983      Bats: Right      Throws: Right

The 2006 Rookie of the Year and 2011 Cy Young and MVP Award winner with Detroit was acquired by the Astros in the final minutes before the 2017 waiver trade deadline. Verlander went 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA to finish out the regular season before earning more hardware in the playoffs. Verlander's dominance continued through the division series and he was named MVP of the AL championship series after going 2-0 with 21 strikeouts in 16 innings against the Yankees. Verlander went on to become the envy of almost every American male only days later when he celebrated a World Series Championship by flying to Europe to wed super-model Kate Upton.