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Justin Verlander is set for a two-year, $66 million extension with the Houston Astros that will keep him with the club through the 2021 season, an official familiar with the negotiations told USA TODAY Sports.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been
Verlander finished runner-up in AL Cy Young voting in 2018, going 16-9 with a 2.52 ERA and set a career-high with 290 strikeouts.
The 36-year-old Verlander was eligible to become a free agent after the 2019 season.
Houston acquired Verlander in a August 2017 trade with the Detroit Tigers, where the right-hander had spent the first 13 years of his career. Verlander went 4-1 in the 2017 postseason, leading the Astros to their first-ever World Series title.
Verlander will make $28 million in 2019, the final year of his previous deal signed with the Tigers. His current contract originally had a vesting option for 2020, but the two sides voided the option after the trade.