Originally posted on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 7/6/14

Justin Verlander believes he knows exactly why the Oakland Athletics pulled the trigger on blockbuster deal that brought them Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs.According to Verlander, Oakland made the trade with the Detroit Tigers in mind.Verlander on A's trade: "When I saw that trade, I thought that they made that trade for us. No doubt about it in my mind."— Jason Beck (@beckjason) July 5, 2014More Verlander: "If they want to win a World Series, they're envisioning they're going to have to go through us."— Jason Beck (@beckjason) July 5, 2014For history's sake, it's important to point out that the A's have been eliminated by the Tigers in the ALDS in each of the last two postseasons.Via Eye on Baseball

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