For many Dodgers fans, this comes as great news. Right-handed pitcher Justin Verlander is reportedly returning to the Houston Astros on a two-year deal. This move came on the heels of reports that the Dodgers were identified as a top target to sign the 39-year-old veteran.
The return was first reported by Verlander’s brother Ben Verlander of Fox Sports.
Justin’s brother with the scoop… https://t.co/fTwn46D0k3
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 17, 2021
This ostensibly removes another free agent option for Los Angeles. However, the connection between the two parties seemed thin at best. The fact that Verlander hadn’t pitched since injuring himself after his first start of the 2020 season certainly is one reason. And the other reason being that he was part of the cheating Houston Astros is another. Where a potential move made sense though is the fact that Verlander is a two-time Cy Young winner.
Perhaps the most useful part of this deal for the Dodgers is seeing what a pitcher of similar stature to free agent Max Scherzer is pulling down on the open market. Reports have Scherzer earning in the neighborhood of $40 million per season.
Is $40 million too much for Mad Max? That’s the question of the offseason for the Dodgers. The $25 million Verlander is set to earn is absolutely too low for Scherzer. But a number somewhere in the middle could be reasonable.
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