Why Justin Verlander hasn’t signed deal with Astros is a mystery

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The Astros and their ace had two weeks to sign the deal after it was agreed upon, but it never happened

Matt Young, Chron.com / Houston Chronicle

Dec. 3, 2021

Justin Verlander reportedly agreed to a deal to return to the Astros, but the contract still hasn’t been signed or made official.

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Justin Verlander agreed to a contract with the Astros on Nov. 17, according to reports, including from his brother Fox Sports MLB analyst Ben Verlander. The Astros never made an official announcement about the deal since it hadn’t been signed yet.

There’s always a delay between when free agents agree to a contract and when they actually sign the deal. With the end of the collective bargaining agreement looming and a lockout approaching, Verlander and the Astros had two weeks to make the deal official before the owners locked out the players Wednesday night. That never happened, and no one seems to know why.

With the players locked out, free agents can’t sign deals until there’s a new CBA, which means the Verlander contract is on hold and he’s still technically a free agent. 

“It is unclear why the deal reported two weeks ago is now in limbo,” MLB Network’s Jon Heyman tweeted on Wednesday night. On Friday morning, Heyman tweeted: “This remains a mystery. No one has responded why Verlander deal wasn’t made official.”

Verlander isn’t listed on the Astros’ 40-man roster,…

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