Dodgers And Star Free Agent Pitcher Discussing Potential Contract.
The Dodgers and the two-time World Series champions will face off.Today, three-time Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander will meet with the Los Angeles Dodgers.MLB insider Jon
Heyman of The New York Post broke the news first.Verlander recently won the American League Cy Young Award with the Houston Astros. In 28 games and 175 innings pitched in 2022,
he recorded a career-best 1.75 ERA, 185 strikeouts, and a 0.83 WHIP.He received all 30 first-place votes and was by far the AL's top pitcher.Despite having just completed his most
successful and relatively healthy season, he will turn 40 in February. The Dodgers will agree to a short-term contract with a high AAV (akin to Max Scherzer's with the New
York Mets) if Los Angeles can secure the big right-hander.Verlander had an incredible regular season in 2022, but his postseason stats tell a different tale. He has a career
postseason ERA of 3.64 and has a 5.85 ERA in 2022. With 35 appearances and 230 strikeouts in October, Justin has a record of 16-11.In addition, Kershaw receives a lot of
forgiveness for his postseason efforts.Verlander has dealt with a number of injuries; in 2020, he only pitched in one game, and in 2021, he underwent Tommy John surgery and
missed the entire season. He suffered a calf injury this season toward the end of the regular season, which kept him out for about a month.Although Verlander definitely has the
talent and deserves the money, I don't believe it would be the correct decision given his age and history of injuries.The soon-to-be 40-year-contract, old's which will be the
richest in MLB history, is expected to be for an estimated $90 million over two years with an AAV of $45 million, according to Sportrac.