Astros to bring back Justin Verlander

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After declining the qualifying offer given to him by the Astros, Justin Verlander resigned with the club.

Contract Details

Justin Verlander signed a one-year deal with the Astros for $25 million with a team option for 2022. This was a great move for both sides as the Astros were reluctant to sign JV to a lengthy contact since he is coming off a major surgery. It is great for Verlander because now he can have his redemption tour and earn a much longer contract in the years that follow.

If all goes well in spring training, expect to see Verlander start the season opener come March 31st versus the Phillies.

What this means for Houston

Bringing Verlander back is tremendous for the Astros. The move not only brings back a great arm but also gives more veteran presence in the starting rotation. With Verlander back, the Astros starting rotation should look something similar to this,

Justin Verlander

Lance McCullers Jr.

Framber Valdez

Jose Urquidy

Luis Garcia

This rotation (when playing to its full potential) is scary.

Final Thoughts

I personally love this move. The Astros struggled in the postseason with starting pitching, and by adding future Hall of Famer Justin Verlander to the bunch, they should not have that problem much longer.

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