Justin Verlander reveals that Kate Upton had the last word on his key 2017 trade

Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander revealed his then-fiancee Kate Upton final decision on important trade.


Baseball star Justin Verlander can’t be traded to the Houston Astros last summer if it wasn’t for his former fiance Kate Upton.

Verlander told FanRag Sports on Thursday, Upton gave him the green light to waive his no-trade clause in the final minutes of the 2017 MLB trade deadline. The trade sent Verlander of the Detroit Tigers to the Astros.

The all-star pitcher said he and Upton went back and forth about the idea and if they are not completely on board with the idea of him playing in Houston, he would have had in Detroit.

Kate Upton reacts after game seven of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park.


“Then I said, ‘let’s do it,” she was there, and she said, “Hell yeah, Let’s go,'” Verlander said. “If she was like ‘eh, I’m not sure,” that would have changed history.”


Verlander said he is against Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel, Astros owner Jim Crane, family and friends, before he met with Upton.

The trade ultimately changed the course of the Astros’ season.

Verlander has won all five of his starts with the Astros in 2017 and made two important start against the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series.

Houston eventually went on to win the World Series and Verlander and Upton married days after.

Verlander recently opened up to Fox News about their marriage. He said he can’t recall “the right time” he knew Upton was, but he told us that the connection was clear.

“The attraction was the similarities that we share together, and that became clear the more we have for each other,” he said.

The two started as good friends, ” he said.

“To be honest, the relationship just blossomed over the years. We were friends for a long time, and then we eventually we decided to give this a shot.”

Fox News’ Morgan Evans contributed to this report.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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