The Houston Astros are less than a week removed from winning the 2022 World Series title, but the franchise has fully turned its attention to free agency, which officially opens on Thursday.
Several Astros players became free agents on Sunday thanks to the expiration of their contracts. Now, another name has joined that list.
Justin Verlander Free Agency
Starting pitcher and AL Cy Young award finalist Justin Verlander finally announced a decision on the 2023 player option in his current contract. Verlander has opted out of his current deal and is officially a free agent.
Verlander signed a two-year, $50 million deal with Houston before the 2022 season.
It's widely expected the Astros ace will receive a contract worth upwards of $30 million in average annual value (AAV). On Wednesday, MLB insider Kiley McDaniel predicted a two-year, $72 million contract for the stud pitcher.
Verlander's move is simply a business tactic to earn more money and potentially more years after another stellar campaign. He's the AL Cy Young favorite after leading MLB with a 1.75 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP.
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