Here’s why Justin Verlander turned down the Yankees for the Astros

Here’s why Justin Verlander turned down the Yankees for the Astros

Did Yankees blow it by not signing Justin Verlander?
Verlander wouldve suited well in the Yankees rotation, theres no question about it. Providing a pitcher who is just hardly on the other side of Tommy John surgery $50 million over 2 years is a gamble New York wasnt prepared to take. George Steinbrenner isnt running this team.

Yankees offered Verlander $25M 1-year offer. Strong deal but werent going to beat the $50M 2-year offer with choose out he received from Astros.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 20, 2021.

Verlander wouldve fit in well in the Yankees rotation, theres no question about it. With Verlander now headed back home to a department competitor, the Yankees have to look elsewhere for rotation aid.

It was dripped by sources close to Verlander that he was hoping to sign with an East coast team that had training centers in Florida. Ultimately, familiarity with the Astros and loyalty to Houston owner Jim Crane won out.

Justin Verlander (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images).
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Justin Verlander chose not to sign with the New York Yankees on their 1 year offer, rather returning to Houston. However why the Astros?
Verlander felt he was far better than the one-year contract offer he received from the Yankees, and New York, apparently, wasnt happy to throw in the second-year option that Houston eventually relented and offered the 38-year-old.
Thats not necessarily a bad relocation by Brian Cashman, but it wont make Yankee fans happy.

It was dripped by sources near Verlander that he was intending to sign with an East coast group that had training centers in Florida. That … isnt Houston. However ultimately, familiarity with the Astros and commitment to Houston owner Jim Crane won out.

The Astros appear likely to lose Carlos Correa, so they understand they have cash to blow, and were ready to throw some of it at a player like Verlander. With JV in tow, the Astros rotation appears like it could be elite next season, needs to he stay healthy.
With Verlander now headed back home to a department rival, the Yankees need to look in other places for rotation help. A trade may be their best option, as theyre already in talks with the Oakland Athletics for Matt Olson. Could Sean Manaea or Chris Bassitt head to the Bronx along with Olson?
Its time for Cashman to up the ante, but not irresponsibly.