VERDICT ON VERLANDER

Astros get their answer on qualifying offer, Justin Verlander

Verlander rejects the qualifying offer. Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images.

Editor's note: Justin Verlander has agreed to a deal with the Astros after rejecting the qualifying offer, click here to learn more.


Jon Heyman is reporting that Brandon Belt is the only player to accept the qualifying offer, which means Justin Verlander has declined the 1-year 18.4 million dollar qualifying offer from the Astros.

This shouldn't come as much of a surprise based on the interest level in Verlander. According to reports, Justin Verlander has several teams interested in signing him. The Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays, and Braves are just a few of the teams rumored to have interest.

Jon Heyman is hearing Verlander may not have to settle on a one-year deal, so teams will have to weigh the risk of injury for a player approaching 39 years of age coming off Tommy John surgery. The last time JV pitched a full season, he won the Cy Young Award in 2019 with the Astros.

Jeff Passan also reported on Verlander's rejection of the offer. The good news for Astros fans is that Houston will receive two compensation draft picks in 2022 if the team is unable to sign Verlander and Carlos Correa long-term.

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