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Dodgers Offseason: Rumored LA Target Justin Verlander Re-Signs with Astros



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.

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.

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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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  1. TRADE JUSTIN TURNER, GET A THIRD BASEMEN .. HE IS NOW A LIABILITY HIS ARM !!! DO NOT RESIGN JANSEN OR KERSHAW … RESIGN CHRIS TAYLOR ,AND MAX. S THR DODGERS NEED A CHANGE TO CONTINUE TO WIN … ITS MOOKIES TEAM NOW !!! WE HAVE SERIOUS STUDS WITH JULIO AND WALKER … THEN THEIRS DUSTIN MAY , SOON TO BE THE BEST PITCHER IN BASEBALL …

    • I couldn’t agree with you more, except JT. Have him DH, sign Kris Bryant to play third, and yes, resign CT3 and Scherzer. Also sign Robbie Ray, the AL Cy Young award winner.

    • Keep JT, he can hit and defensively still makes the grade. Plus he’s anproven leader in the clubhouse, which is an indispensable value to the younger players. I would resign Kersh to an incentive based contract to keep the payroll lighter, and offer KJ something reasonable but not too expensive. I like the year he had, but still had to much hard contact and runners on base for my liking. We can do without him if need be.

  2. Love JT but his time unfortunately is over. Keep him as a DH if they have one. His defensive skills have deteriorated and is a DP waiting to happen. Kris Bryant would be a obvious choice if it could happen.

  3. Mad max is not worth it.

    He would be waste money.

    Just get a starter who can give you five or six good innings a game and will not have a dead arm at the end of a season.

    What could you actually get for s 37 year old JT? especially when you still need a third baseman and a bench. JT would provide something off the bench and as a possible DH.

  4. It’s quite clear we need JT for depth. We some one who can some play 3b.

    Besides what are you really going to get by trading a 37 year old JT?

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