HOUSTON – Justin Verlander will join the MLB-free agent class this off-season. The Astro's Verlander might look for a longer and more lucrative deal with another franchise.
The veteran pitcher declined the $25 million option for the 2023 season on his contract Thursday, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi. Verlander signed a 1-year deal, 25 million dollar deal with a player-option last off-season.
Since acquiring Verlander in a trade from the Detroit Tigers in 2017, Verlander won two World Series with the Houston Astros. He led the AL with 18 wins, a 1.75 ERA, and a 0.82 WHIP in the 2022 season. He struck out 185 batters in 175 innings.
Verlander all but missed the 2020 and 2021 seasons while dealing with Tommy John’s surgery. He turns 40 years old next year but remains one of the most dominant pitchers in the MLB. The future Hall of Famer could still sign with the Astros if they offer a favorable deal, but the free agency still looms on the horizon.