Morris has had pointed praise for Verlander while saying he'll need to focus less on strikeouts as he enters the next phase of his career. Verlander, meanwhile, considers Morris a source of advice.
"It wasn't like a mentor-type situation," Verlander explained Tuesday. "It was just I like to pick the brains of baseball players and guys that I've admired, and obviously he's one of them. So any opportunity I have to speak with those individuals, I don't take that for granted. I enjoy doing that.
"He came into the clubhouse in Minnesota [last year], and I had the opportunity, and we had a few minutes and just kind of sat down and talked shop. It wasn't any mind-blowing information or anything that you guys would want to hear, but it was just kind of sitting down and talking our craft."