By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Major League Baseball is in a work stoppage right now. However, despite the stoppage, business is still getting done. The league has approved Justin Verlander’s two-year contract with the Houston Astros.
The deal is worth $50 million. According to reports, the deal was approved in part because he signed it before the CBA expired.
The contract was submitted to the league on December 1st. The contract is technically a one-year deal. He has an option for the second year, according to The Athletic.
The 38-year-old did not pitch during the 2021 season. He was recovering from Tommy John surgery that he had during the 2020 season.
He pitched in one game with the Astros, before missing the rest of the season. He last pitched on July 24th in a win over the Seattle Mariners, where he allowed two runs in six innings.
Verlander may be the Astros fifth starter in 2022. The team’s four starters are projected to be Lance McCullers Jr., Framber Valdez, Luis Garcia, and Jake Odorizzi.
The future Hall of Famer is 226-129 in his career in 16 seasons with the Astros and the Detroit Tigers. He has made 454 starts and has 26 complete games and nine shutouts.
He has allowed 1,192 runs on 2,538 over 2,988 innings. He has a career 3.33 ERA.
Baseball-Reference is projecting that Verlander will go 5-3 with a 3.63 ERA in 62 innings. He’s projected to allow 26 runs on 49 hits.
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