Astros should consider these pitchers after Justin Verlander's exit A few free agents are still on the market that could help Houston's rotation. Dec. 2, 2022 Updated: Dec. 5, 2022 3:24 p.m.
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Corey Kluber #28 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches during a game against the Texas Rangers at Tropicana Field on September 16, 2022 in St Petersburg, Florida.
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Justin Verlander #35 of the Houston Astros looks on in the second inning during Game 5 of the 2022 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday, November 3, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Houston Astros secured their second championship in franchise history largely on the back of a dominant pitching staff, one that led the American League with a 2.90 ERA in 2022. But Houston's vaunted rotation is now without its ace for 2023.
Justin Verlander earned a major deal in free agency on Monday, as he signed a two-year, $86 million contract with the New York Mets. And despite entering his age-40 season in 2023, it's not hard to see why Verlander commanded such a massive deal. He turned in perhaps the best season of his career in 2022, a campaign in which he sported a 1.75 ERA across 175 innings.