Justin Verlander has agreed to a $25 million, one-year contract with the Houston Astros that features a conditional $25 million participant possibility for a second season.
Verlander grew to become a free agent after finishing a $94 million, three-year contract with the Astros. He performed in only one sport previously two seasons.
He made only one begin in 2020, pitching six innings on July 24 in a win over Seattle on opening day earlier than being positioned on the injured record with strained proper forearm. He tried a comeback after he was injured, however introduced on Sept. 19, 2020 that he wanted Tommy John surgical procedure and underwent the process on Oct. 1.
He stated earlier this 12 months that his rehabilitation was going properly and added that he hated that he solely performed one sport within the time that deal coated.
“That gnaws at me,” he stated. “However … this was an unlucky harm that no one might have seen coming. However I nonetheless do prefer to earn my preserve.”
The 38-year-old right-hander is a two-time Cy Younger Award winner and the 2011 AL MVP.
Verlander spent his first 13 seasons with the Detroit Tigers earlier than being traded to the Astros on Aug. 31, 2017. His stellar efficiency after the late deal helped Houston to its first World Collection title that season. He’s 43-15 with a 2.45 ERA and 640 strikeouts in 74 begins for the Astros.
Verlander went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019, putting out a career-high 300 and throwing the third no-hitter of his profession to win his second profession Cy Younger Award. He pitched 223 innings, most within the majors, and made six extra begins within the postseason because the Astros reached the World Collection.
Verlander is 226-129 with a 3.33 ERA in 16 seasons. Alongside together with his Cy Younger Awards and MVP award, he was additionally the 2006 AL Rookie of the Yr. He has 3,013 strikeouts in his profession, which ranks nineteenth all-time.