When it comes to free agency, Justin Verlander is hoping to secure a lucrative contract.
According to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, Houston Astros owner Jim Crane stated that the right-handed ace wants a deal comparable to Max Scherzer’s three-year, $130-million contract that he signed with the New York Mets during the winter prior to the previous season.
Crane stated, “I know him well, so we’ve been quite frank” regarding their interactions. “He is currently examining the competition, of which I believe there are only one or two participants… JV knows he only has a few more years left on this earth, and he intends to make the most of them. In my opinion, he is trying to gauge the demand for it first.”
Crane further stated that he is actively engaged in the bargaining process with the front-runner for the AL Cy Young Award.
Scherzer has a record average yearly value of $43.3 million, which he secured in his contract just before beginning his 37th season of professional baseball. Verlander, who will turn 40 years old next season, decided not to take the Astros up on their option to pay him $25 million.
Verlander finished 18-4 with an MLB-best 1.75 ERA in 2022
Since being traded to the Houston Astros from the Detroit Tigers in 2017, the nine-time All-Star has thrown 652 innings (102 starts) with an ERA of 2.26, a WHIP of 0.83, and an average of 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings. He has been a crucial figure in the Astros’ two World Series victories.
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