Sources — Houston Astros hold ace Justin Verlander with one-year $25 million deal

The Houston Astros and right-hander Justin Verlander have agreed to a one-year, $25 million contract with a participant possibility for a second season, sources confirmed to ESPN.

Verlander received the AL Cy Younger Award for Houston in 2019 however made only one look throughout the pandemic-shortened 2020 season due to elbow troubles. He had surgical procedure to restore his ulnar collateral ligament Sept. 30, 2020, and missed the entire 2021 season, his final earlier than the tip of his contract with the Astros.

He held a showcase for about 20 groups earlier this month and seemed wholesome and sharp, Astros basic supervisor James Click on mentioned.

The 38-year-old Verlander rejected the Astros' $18.4 million qualifying provide earlier than agreeing to the contract with the Astros.

Houston acquired Verlander earlier than the 2017 buying and selling deadline and he helped the Astros win the World Sequence that 12 months. He was named the ALCS MVP by going 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA within the Astros' seven-game sequence win over the New York Yankees.

Verlander is a two-time Cy Younger Award winner, additionally profitable the award in 2011 with the Detroit Tigers when he set profession bests with 24 victories and a 2.40 ERA. The eight-time All-Star is 226-129 in his profession with a 3.33 ERA over 17 seasons.

The small print of Verlander's contract had been first reported by FOX 26 in Houston.

ESPN's Jeff Passan and The Related Press contributed to this report.

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