BREAKING THE BANK
Examining latest insider reports on Astros, Justin Verlander negotiations
The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Mets, Dodgers, and Yankees could all be in the mix for a high-dollar contract offer to Justin Verlander. Something similar to the 3-year 130 million dollar deal Max Scherzer signed with the Mets.
Astros owner Jim Crane said he believes if they match what JV is offered, his relationship with Verlander could win the “tie,” but it also means they will have to pay top of the market value to retain his services. And according to reports, Verlander is looking to cash in during free agency, so a hometown discount doesn't appear to be something he's willing to do.
Plus, going over the luxury tax could also be a sticking point for the Astros.
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