Was going to go to sleep, as I'm meeting the contractor at the house early tomorrow to start work on my flooded house before heading up to Fort Worth for the weekend, but then saw that Justin Verlander rejected a trade to the Astros, per multiple reports.
Verlander has two years, $56M left on his deal after this year, with a vesting option for 2020 that requires a 2019 top five CYA finish. The Tigers supposedly weren't parting with him without getting significant talent in return, and Chris McCosky says minor league outfielder Daz Cameron was among the players supposedly going to Detroit.
Verlander isn't the ace he once was, but he's still really good, and would have given Houston a reliable starting pitcher to pair at the top of the rotation with Dallas Keuchel. But Verlander exercised his 10/5 rights and vetoed the trade, with at least one report on the Tweetbox saying he prefers to go to the Cubs or the Dodgers, each of whom will likely have interest this offseason.
UPDATE — Now reports indicate the Astros have, in fact, acquired Verlander. So...okay.
UPDATE II — Verlander apparently has been sent to Houston for Daz Cameron, Franklin Perez and Jake Rodgers. I'm too tired to keep updating. Y'all discuss amongst yourselves in the comments.