With each passing day in which Justin Verlander does not re-sign with the Houston Astros, fears grow within the fanbase. Verlander personally negotiated his previous contract before putting together a Cy Young worthy campaign that resulted in a World Series title.
The AL Cy Young favorite opted out of his two-year deal and elected free agency, with a good opportunity to add both dollars and years to his value. And according to MLB insider Ken Rosenthal, this lack of re-signing should bring the Astros major concerns.
Rosenthal indicated a belief that Verlander "sees the potential for lucrative opportunities" with several other teams. This includes the New York Mets, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers. Three big-market teams in need of starting pitching.
It doesn't necessarily mean that Verlander intends to sign with one of those clubs, but he's at least in the business of raising his price tag. That comes as a quandary, though. How much is owner Jim Crane willing to spend on a pitcher soon to turn 40?
Only time will tell. This is both the beauty and frustration of MLB free agency. It could me months before Verlander chooses his next team, or the league could find out in a matter of days.
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