Verlander had been linked to the Angels for a long time. They attended the workout he held where he looked like he still had his stuff, and insiders around the game kept confirming that the Angels were interested.
However, when the Halos signed Noah Syndergaard, it cast some doubt on those possibilities. Would the Angels really want to sign another pitcher coming off of Tommy John surgery? Shohei Ohtani recovered from the surgery just fine, but do we really want to just keep taking more and more chances on that?
Well, regardless of if they were interested or not, the legendary Verlander will not be heading to Anaheim. Instead, he'll be staying right in the worst possible spot he could be at.
The LA Angels are going to continue to have to try to hit against Justin Verlander in a few games next year.
Unfortunately for the LA Angels, Justin Verlander is staying with the Houston Astros on a one-year/$25 million deal.
And look, there's downside that comes with that. He's of course coming off of a serious injury, and unlike Syndergaard is an older player. Therefore, it may be a bit tougher to fully bounce back from that injury at age 38 (39 when the season starts).
The upside that comes with the signing is the fact that Verlander's fought through major adversity multiple times in his career, and it feels like if anyone can overcome this, it's the former AL MVP.
After all, the two-time Cy Young Award winner won one of those Cy Youngs in his last healthy season (2019), where he led the AL in Wins (21), best WHIP (0.803), lowest hits per nine innings (5.5), and an insane 7.14 strikeout to walk ratio.
Hopefully that's not the Verlander we end up seeing next season. That Verlander keeps the Astros alive in the American League.