He won it fair and square after posting a marvelous 1.75 ERA in 175 frames with the World Series winners.
The right-hander also won 18 games and had a minuscule 0.83 WHIP.
Verlander is now a free agent, after opting out of the last year of his deal.
He will leverage his amazing campaign into a long-term deal, probably for two or three years.
The most impressive part of it all is that Verlander is 39 years old and missed most of the 2020 season and all of 2021 while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.
As you probably would expect after the kind of season he had, Verlander is drawing a lot of interest from contenders.
The Dodgers Would Love To Have Verlander
One of the top organizations in MLB is having a meeting with him today.
“Word is Dodgers are meeting with Justin Verlander today. Would fit their preference for big talents on short-term deals (with of course very high AAV). Both NY teams interested and of course incumbent Astros,” MLB insider Jon Heyman tweeted.
Word is Dodgers are meeting with Justin Verlander today. Would fit their preference for big talents on short-term deals (with of course very high AAV). Both NY teams interested and of course incumbent Astros.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 28, 2022
You know by the kind of teams that are after his services that Verlander is still very much a hot commodity in MLB these days.
Elite pitchers are hard to come by, and the Dodgers know it.
Evidently, they need starting pitching and they haven’t been shy about it.
Seeing Verlander join the Dodgers would virtually wrap up the NL West for them, if it isn’t already.