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 Posted: Tue Mar 14th, 2017 08:38 pm
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Nobody was happier to hear talks of a potential rebuild shut down than Justin Verlander.

The Detroit Tigers ace had to grow used to his name appearing in trade rumors this offseason as the Tigers appeared to be ready to face a serious salary crunch to avoid a looming luxury tax bill.

In the end, though, Tigers general manager Al Avila retained a majority of his team's highest-earning stars, including Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, and, of course, Verlander, which was music to the ears of the runner-up to the AL Cy Young award last season.

"I don't want to be part of a team that's dismantled and you don't have a chance to win," Verlander told's Phil Rogers. "I don't think that's fun for anybody involved. I don't think anybody in baseball wants to dismantle a good team. … (For us), when we came to spring, it's business at usual. Go back at it and try to win championships."

Verlander also expressed his relief in staying with the Tigers in January, when he admitted he was now too old to go through a rebuild entering his mid-30s.

"It would have been upsetting for me if we started trading away everybody," he said then. "I'm too old to be part of a rebuild, but they kept saying wholeheartedly we're not doing a rebuild, we're trying to make smart baseball decisions, and if we can't make those decisions then we're not going to blow up the team for the sake of salary."