VERLANDER WINS AGAIN!

Justin Verlander is taking home some more hardware

Justin Verlander now has three Cy Young awards in his trophy case. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

Justin Verlander winning the Cy Young award certainly doesn't come as a surprise. Verlander finished the year with an 18-4 record with a 1.75 ERA while recording 185 strikeouts. Verlander received all 30 first place votes, winning in a landslide.

Pretty impressive when you consider Verlander posted the best ERA of his career at 39-years-old and coming off Tommy John surgery.

Here's a look at his 2022 highlights

Will he return to Houston?

Astros fans are still hoping that JV returns to the team, but reports are indicating that he's looking for a top of the market deal that the team may not be willing to pay. Something similar to Max Scherzer's 3-year 130 million dollar contract.

Whether he returns to the Astros or not, winning another Cy Young certainly helps his case to get paid big money.

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James Harden returned to Houston Monday night and lost to the Rockets in double overtime. After the game, Harden complimented the maturation of the Rockets young players, and had some nice things to say about Houston.

Harden has a player option and can opt out after the season, which has some Rockets fans wondering if he would consider returning to Houston and taking over as the team's primary ball handler.

Plus, Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta has said he wouldn't rule out Harden returning at some point.

Be sure to watch the video above as we break down all the angles involving a potential fit for James Harden with Houston's young core of players, and much more.

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