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Justin Verlander yet to sign with Astros in “free agency mystery”

By on December 2, 2021 0

Justin Verlander returns to the Astros … or is he?

In November, everyone – including Verlander’s full brother, Fox Sports personality Ben Verlander – said the legendary pitcher is returning to Houston. The contract was reportedly a two-year, $ 50 million deal, with an opt-out option.

Justin Verlander accepted a new contract with the Houston Astros… or did he?
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But, as MLB network insider Jon Heyman observed on Wednesday, the MLB lockdown is now in effect – and the deal was never announced by the team.

The absence of an announcement means that Verlander’s contract is “presumably unofficial”, Heyman tweeted. “This means Verlander and Astros have to wait to finalize a new ACA. It is not clear why the deal reported 2 weeks ago is now in limbo.”

Verlander, who turns 39 in February, has missed almost every last two MLB seasons with Tommy John surgery. Verlander is an eight-time All-Star, two-time winner of Cy Young (with his 2011 campaign also earning him the rare honor of being a pitcher to win AL MVP) and pitched on the 2017 World Series Championship squad. from Houston.

Whether Verlander and the Astros are a primary and goal of one, or if there was an issue that could reopen his free agency, will remain shrouded in mystery until MLB and MLBPA resolve their dispute over. job.