Examining latest insider reports on Astros, Justin Verlander negotiations

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The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Mets, Dodgers, and Yankees could all be in the mix for a high-dollar contract offer to Justin Verlander. Something similar to the 3-year 130 million dollar deal Max Scherzer signed with the Mets.

Astros owner Jim Crane said he believes if they match what JV is offered, his relationship with Verlander could win the “tie,” but it also means they will have to pay top of the market value to retain his services. And according to reports, Verlander is looking to cash in during free agency, so a hometown discount doesn't appear to be something he's willing to do.

Plus, going over the luxury tax could also be a sticking point for the Astros.

Be sure to check out the video above as ESPN Houston's Jake Asman, Cody Stoots, and Brad Kellner discuss on The Wheelhouse.

LISTEN to The Wheelhouse on ESPN Houston 97.5 or 92.5 FM every weekday from 3-7 PM CST!

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Jose Abreu looks lost at the plate.Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images.

We're only 14 games into the Astros season, but Jose Abreu is currently hitting .081 and has been moved down to the eight spot in the batting order. Is the end of Jose Abreu's time with the Astros approaching? Should it be already?

Don't miss the video above as ESPN Houston's Jeremy Branham and Joel Blank discuss his slow start to the season, and future with the club.

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