The Houston Astros scored their first win of the offseason as they were able to re-sign veteran right-handed pitcher Justin Verlander as he agreed to a one deal worth $25 million. A contract that includes a player option for a second season will make the deal worth $50 million.
News of the signing broke shortly after Verlander initially declined the qualifying offer of $18.4 million. With Verlander returning next season, the Astros were able to make a statement after the most recent signing of Noah Syndergaard going to the Los Angeles Angels.
Much has changed, especially with Verlander missing all of 2021 due to having Tommy John surgery. With Verlander returning in 2022, the Astros are hoping he can return to his Cy Young form from 2019. Going into his age 39 season, Verlander should be able to still pitch at a high level. If he can replicate what he did in his showcase, Verlander will have much success next season.
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