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How did the Justin Verlander trade happen?

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Justin Verlander was traded to the Houston Astros late Thursday — like, the very last minute just before midnight late — completing a saga that feels like it’s gone on forever. Shock and sadness are likely the top emotions in people’s minds right now, but there might be a certain amount of “well, at least that’s over” poking its head out. We all knew it was coming eventually, and we just had to keep hearing about it over and over and over.

(Yes, yes, we know Bless You Boys kept posting about it, too, but that’s just part of the gig.)

The Justin Verlander trade timeline:

2:40 p.m. Thursday — Justin Upton’s been traded, is JV next?

4:40 p.m. Thursday — But it’s complicated

11:15 p.m. Thursday — A trade is close!

11:25 p.m. Thursday — It’s off!

11:47 p.m. Thursday — But they’re still talking

12:03 a.m. Friday — Is it safe to come out now?

12:16 a.m. Friday — Shit. Goodbye, JV.

1:08 a.m. Friday -- The Tigers announce the end of an era