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Friday, June 17, 2022

From Tommy John to Cy Young form at 39? Inside Justin Verlander’s unprecedented return to dominance [$]

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His return in 2021 a nonstarter, Verlander began watching games again during the playoffs and lived vicariously through the Astros’ run to the World Series, which they lost to Atlanta. The day after the season ended, Verlander hit free agency for the first time in his career. Houston tagged him with the qualifying offer, and he decided to sign within the next 10 days.

“Houston was at the top of the list,” Verlander said. “As negotiations started going, they kind of fell off. Some other teams really started to show a lot of interest. I would say that the leader was probably Toronto. They were great. And I talked to George (Springer, his former Astros teammate now with the Blue Jays) a bunch. They were very proactive to the point that when I signed with Houston, I made sure to let them know that I appreciated it all. Ultimately, when it came down to it, Houston had the same offer. It was all kind of ballpark between them and Toronto, and New York (Yankees) was kind of always just a step behind.”

Despite Verlander pitching in just one game over the previous two seasons, the Astros gave him a one-year, $25 million contract with a player option for $25 million if he reaches 130 innings this season. He’s more than halfway there already, logging 78.2 innings over a dozen starts, allowing the fewest baserunners per inning of every pitcher in MLB and carving through lineups as if time had jumped from 2019 to today.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 17, 2022 at 11:39 AM | 26 comment(s)
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