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Justin Verlander opts out of contract

by Brenton Kemp | Mets Correspondent | Thu, Nov 10th 9:51am EST

Pitcher Justin Verlander has officially opted out of his contract with the Houston Astros and is now a free agent. (Jon Morosi on Twitter)

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The news is of little surprise considering the 2022 Cy Young-caliber campaign the future Hall of Famer put together. Verlander produced a 1.75 ERA and 27.8% K-rate across 28 regular-season starts, winning 18 games in the process. He was roughed up for 13 earned runs across 20 postseason innings but still won his second World Series with the Astros. Verlander forgoes a $25 million salary for the 2023 season in exchange for what is likely to be a multi-year bidding war for his services on the open market.

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