Astros Rival Takes Important Step in Justin Verlander Free Agency Negotiations

David Kaestle
Justin Verlander is meeting with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Justin Verlander is meeting with the Los Angeles Dodgers. / Associated Press

Former Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander is one of the most sought after free-agents on the market this winter. While there is still a possibility of a return to Houston, the AL Cy Young winner will be looking for a raise.

Verlander essentially turned down a one-year $25 million deal with Houston when he opted out of his contract, so it's safe to presume he wants a multi-year deal that pays him noticeably more than an average annual value (AAV) of $25 million.

One of the teams that has been long connected to Verlander is the Los Angeles Dodgers. They always have deep pockets, but this season they could be even deeper with roughly $100 million coming off the books form last year's team.

Jon Heyman is reporting that the Dodgers are meeting with Verlander and the two sides could be a fit considering the starter and the contract he's looking for my fit right into the Dodgers' plans.

A high AAV deal in the range of the one Max Scherzer signed with the New York Mets last offseason has been the reported range Verlander is looking for. Granted, Verlander will be roughly two years older this offseason than Scherzer was when he signed his deal, but it's tough not to understand where he's coming from. Verlander just won the AL Cy Young and helped the Astros win a World Series at age 39. All in his first season back from Tommy John surgery.

He's doing things not many, if any, 30-year olds have ever done. Verlander believes he should be paid loike it, and the Dodgers could be the ones to make his wish come true.

Los Angeles won't be the only one interested in Verlander, though. As mentioned, the Astros could always bring him back, the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants are also ready to spend big this winter and of course, the New York Yankees, who offered Verlander a contract last offseason, could also put their hat back in the ring.

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