Justin Verlander signed a two-year, $66 million extension with the Houston Astros that will keep him with the club through the 2021 season, the club announced Sunday.
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.
“Justin Verlander is one of the elite pitchers in baseball,” said Astros GM Jeff Luhnow n a statement. “His late-season arrival in 2017 helped the Astros deliver its first ever championship to the city of Houston. Our fans share in my excitement that Justin will be in an Astros uniform for at least three more years.”
Verlander’s new deal is the latest in a flurry of extensions this spring, including All-Stars in Mike Trout, Nolan Arenado, Paul Goldschmidt, Chris Sale and Blake Snell.
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.