Extension Fever Continues in Houston: Astros to Extend Justin Verlander’s Contract
The last few weeks of Major League Baseball's Spring Training has become the time of year that teams and players get together to discuss, and agree to, contract extensions.
As of Saturday afternoon, the Houston Astros have now agreed to contract extensions with three players that will be on their 2019 Opening Day roster.
Mark Berman from FOX 26 in Houston reports that the Astros and starting pitcher Justin Verlander have agreed to a two-year, $66 million contract extension, which would cover the 2020 and 2021 seasons. For the 2019 season, Verlander will be paid $28 million, with the Detroit Tigers covering $8 million of the amount.
The 36 year-old Verlander was traded to the Astros from the Detroit Tigers late in the 2017 season and helped lead the team to their first World Series title. With the extension, Verlander could now potentially finish his career in Houston.
Earlier in the week, the Astros also agreed to contract extensions with third baseman Alex Bregman and relief pitcher Ryan Pressly. According to SI, Verlander's extension would be the 20th signed by a major leaguer during 2019 Spring Training.