Blockbuster August trades are generally pretty rare, since they require players that no other team wants, but Verlander might be the uncommon late-season add who could actually make a difference in this year’s playoffs. With a young core that’s mostly locked up for at least the next few seasons, the Astros don’t necessarily need to sell out their long-term plan to go for it all in 2017, but they have a small enough payroll (below league average) to shoulder the burden of Verlander’s contract. If he can win even just a few games in October, that money will be well spent.