Verlander agrees to a $25 million one-year deal with the Astros
Houston Justin Verlander has agreed to a $25 million one-year contract with the Houston Astros that includes a conditional player option of $25 million for a second season.
Verlander became a free agent after completing a $94 million three-year contract with the Astros. He played in only one game in the past two seasons.
He’s only started once in 2020, participating in six rounds on July 24 in a win over Seattle on Opening Day before being put on the injury list with a strained right forearm. He tried to come back after being injured, but announced on September 19, 2020 that he needed Tommy John’s surgery and underwent the procedure on October 1.
He said earlier this year that his rehab is going well, and added that he hated that he only played one game at the time the deal covered it.
He said, “This pisses me off.” “But… this was an unfortunate injury that no one could have foreseen. But I still loved earning my reserves.”
The 38-year-old right-hander is a two-time Cy Young and 2011 AL MVP winner.
Verlander spent his first thirteen seasons with the Detroit Tigers before being traded to the Astros on August 31, 2017. His impressive performance after the late deal helped Houston win their first world title of that season. He’s 43-15 years old with a 2.45 ERA and 640 strokes in 74 starts for the Astros.
Verlander went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019, hit a career high of 300 and threw third in his career to win the Cy Young Award for the second time. He made 223 runs, mostly in the majors, and made six more starts in the post-season as the Astros reached the World Championships.
Verlander is 226-129 with a 3.33 ERA in 16 seasons. Along with two Cy Young Awards and MVP Award, he was also the AL Rookie of the Year 2006. He has 3,013 penalty kicks in his career, which is ranked 19th of all time.
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