Astros Justin Verlander declines option, becomes free agent

Astros Justin Verlander declines option, becomes free agent

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Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander, a finalist to win the American League Cy Young Award, declined his $25 million player option for 2023,

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the Major League Baseball Players Association announced Thursday.

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The nine-time All-Star, former MVP, two-time Cy Young Award winner and two-time World Series champion becomes one of the most prized players in this off-season's free agency pool.

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Verlander, 39, won an American League-best 18 games and logged an MLB-best and career-low 1.75 ERA in 28 starts this season.

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He allowed just four hits and one run over five innings to help the Astros beat the Phillies last week in Game 5 of the World Series.

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Verlander, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2004 MLB Draft, made his MLB debut in 2005 for the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers traded Verlander to the Astros in 2017.

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The right-handed ace ranks 56th all-time with 244 career victories.

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He ranks 23rd in MLB history with 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings. He also ranks 12th all-time with 3,198 strikeouts.

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The players union also said Thursday that New York Mets pitcher Mychal Givens, Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jordan Lyles

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and Boston Red Sox outfielder Tommy Pham will all become free agents after their teams declined 2023 options.

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