No. 1 mistake we hope the Astros make this offseason: Let the LA Angels sign Justin Verlander
‘Justin Verlander is coming off of an injury and the Astros don’t want to take that risk’ is what we want to be hearing all offseason. We hope that follows through and that the Astros actually don’t sign him.
We want Verlander. Sure, he’s coming off of an injury, but if he’s even somewhat like his usual self coming off of this, we’ll take it.
The former AL MVP has a lot of experience in this league (and division at this point), and has been on a tear after he was traded to Houston.
As an Astro, he has posted a 2.45 ERA to go along with a 0.834 WHIP. The last time he was healthy (2019), he won his second Cy Young.
Verlander has struck out an absurd 12.1 batters per nine, and walked just 1.6 batters per nine with the ‘Stros.
Again, even if he’s somewhat close to this level of production, he’s an Ace.
It would be tremendous if the Astros could botch this and let him sign elsewhere. It would be even better if he could sign over here.