Why is the Justin Verlander deal still not official?

Houston Astros agreeing to keep Justin Verlander is old news at this point but now that MLB is closing in on us, why is the deal unofficial?

After a series of MLB Free agency moves around the league in late November, the league is now in the beginning stages of what could be a long arduous course. For the most part, though, the frenzy is to get the teams officially signed before the impending shutdown. The Houston Astros, however, are not one of such teams.

One of the first major dominoes to fall into free agency was Justin Verlander, after an impressive showcase tour against numerous MLB teams who had re-signed with Houston Astros in a two-year agreement.

However, when the lockdown became official, the Verlander deal was not in the transaction logs, the pitcher was not on the Astros’ 40-man roster and there was no indication the deal lasted two years. $50 million was officially launched.

Astros Justin Verlander deal: Why isn’t it official yet?

The truth of the matter, however, is that we don’t know why Justin Verlander’s deal with the Astros wasn’t formalized.

Obviously there are a number of reasons why this is so, but one thing is for sure, the contract is currently in limbo until the lockout ends, whenever possible (Spoiler) : Maybe a long time).

However, if there is good news, there is no indication that the deal is in jeopardy. Whenever the time comes, it should be officially announced. All that being said, it’s reasonable that the deal is still informal that should sound some alarm bells and to be honest, still worth watching in the future.

https://fansided.com/2021/12/02/astros-justin-verlander-deal-update-official/ Why is the Justin Verlander deal still not official?

John Verrall

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