Free MLB Agency: Justin Verlander re-signs with Astros in one year, $ 25 million deal

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Justin Verlander’s first career in free agency did not last long. Verlander returns to the Houston Astros after rejecting the one-year, $ 18.4 million qualifying offer before Wednesday’s deadline. His younger brother, Ben, broke the news on Twitter.

Verlander received a $ 25 million one-year contract with a 2023 player option. Because he turned down the qualifying offer this offseason, Verlander will not be eligible to receive the next offseason or any other point in his future career.

The soon-to-be 39-year-old Verlander has not pitched since opening day 2020 due to an elbow injury that would later require Tommy John surgery. By all accounts, his rehabilitation has gone well and Verlander will be ready to put up with the spring training. The astroes know Verlander’s doctors better than anyone else, and they clearly felt safe re-signing him.

In 2019, his final full and health season, Verlander won AL Cy Young, hitting a 2.58 ERA in a league-leading 223 innings with an elite strike (12.1 K / 9) and walk numbers (1.7 BB / 9) . Verlander is a future Hall of Famer and could return to that level immediately in 2022, although the Tommy John operation is associated with risk, especially at the age of 39.

With Verlander back in the fold, the Astros are expected to go into next season with Verlander, Luis Garcia, Lance McCullers Jr., José Urquidy and Framber Valdez in their rotation in some order. The young Cristian Javier could play as a No. 6 starter or potentially move into a high-gearing bullpen role full-time.

Our RJ Anderson ranked Verlander as the No. 17 free agent on the market. Although he declined the qualifying offer, the Astros will neither receive nor lose draft picks as compensation for re-signing Verlander.

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