Justin Verlander

SP · Houston Astros

Bats R Throws R
Height 6'5" Weight 225
DOB 1983-02-20 Age 40.6
Hometown Manakin-Sabot, VA
2023 Fantasy Rankings

NFBC ADP (15-team): 3.07, 37th

Season Projections

THE BAT$2928168.0129111914013320765603.211.03

ATC projections by Ariel Cohen. Steamer projections by Steamer Projections Blog. THE BAT projections by Derek Carty. Zeile Consensus projections by FantasyPros.

Fantasy Baseball News Last 90 Days

  • Justin Verlander Pitches Gem In Pivotal Game Monday

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    Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander rose to the occasion in Monday's 5-1 win over the Mariners. The 40-year-old veteran pitched eight innings, allowing one run on three hits and a walk with eight strikeouts. Verlander is now 12-8 with a 3.32 ERA and 7.95 K/9 rate in 26 starts. He has not been quite as dominant this season as he has throughout his career, but he showed his grit in an important division matchup. Fantasy managers are currently slated to get one more start from Verlander at the Diamondbacks, but should pay attention to potential rotation shuffling as the week progresses.

    Sep 26 · Source via Astros Justin Verlander
  • Previewing The 2023-24 Free Agent Class: Starting Pitcher

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    We've been covering the upcoming free agent class at MLBTR, going through each of the non-pitching positions. But now it’s time to take the mound, beginning with the starters. Though it can be debated whether there’s a true ace in the mix, there’s plenty of arms here that would upgrade the rotation of any team.…

    Sep 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Brewers White Sox Blue Jays Dodgers Tigers Mets Marlins Giants Yankees Padres Diamondbacks Rangers Reds Orioles Rockies Guardians Twins Cubs Royals Red Sox Phillies Athletics Mariners Braves Angels Pirates Astros Jason Alexander A.J. Alexy Chris Bassitt Mookie Betts Matthew Boyd Walker Buehler Carlos Carrasco Daniel Castano Mike Clevinger Alex Cobb Gerrit Cole Johnny Cueto Yu Darvish Zach Davies Jacob deGrom Matt Dermody Christian Encarnacion-Strand Jack Flaherty Chris Flexen Kyle Gibson Lucas Giolito Tony Gonsolin Chi Chi Gonzalez Sonny Gray Shane Greene Zack Greinke Andrew Heaney Kyle Hendricks Rich Hill Jakob Junis Brad Keller Clayton Kershaw Dallas Keuchel Corey Kluber Francisco Lindor Zach Logue Michael Lorenzen Seth Lugo Jordan Lyles Lance Lynn Kenta Maeda Tyler Mahle Sean Manaea Michael Mariot Nick Martinez Dustin May Mike Mayers Luis Medina Luis Medina Wade Miley Alec Mills Tommy Milone Frankie Montas Jordan Montgomery Charlie Morton Joe Musgrove Aaron Nola Daniel Norris Jake Odorizzi Shohei Ohtani James Paxton Martin Perez Zach Plesac Dereck Rodriguez Eduardo Rodriguez Jose Rodriguez Jose Rodriguez Jose Rodriguez Amed Rosario Adrian Sampson Max Scherzer JP Sears Kodai Senga Luis Severino Devin Smeltzer Drew Smyly Blake Snell Spencer Steer Ross Stripling Marcus Stroman Noah Syndergaard Jameson Taillon Julio Teheran Zach Thompson Lou Trivino Jose Urena Julio Urias Vince Velasquez Justin Verlander Michael Wacha Ken Waldichuk Taijuan Walker Spenser Watkins Luke Weaver Mitch White Alex Wood
  • Justin Verlander To Return To Houston Rotation Saturday

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    Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker said that right-hander Justin Verlander will make his 2023 debut with the Astros on Saturday against the New York Yankees. Verlander is returning to the Astros after Houston acquired him from the New York Mets at Tuesday's trade deadline for two of the team's top-five prospects. The 40-year-old future Hall of Famer won two American League Cy Young awards with Houston in the last three years and will look to help them overtake the Texas Rangers for the division lead down the stretch. Verlander wasn't 100% healthy earlier this year with the Mets, but he is now and has been more of a dominant ace of late. In his last seven starts, Verlander has a 1.49 ERA, has allowed just one home run and struck out 37 hitters in 42 1/3 innings. Start him this weekend against the Yankees.

    Aug 3 · Source via Astros Justin Verlander
  • Drew Gilbert, Ryan Clifford Traded To Mets

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    The New York Mets have acquired top outfield prospects Drew Gilbert and Ryan Clifford from the Houston Astros in exchange for ace Justin Verlander, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. This is quite the haul considering FanGraphs ranked Gilbert and Clifford as the Astros' No. 1 and No. 2 prospects, respectively. Gilbert, 22, has split this season between High-A and Double-A. The former first-round pick is slashing .274/.363/.458 with 12 homers, 10 stolen bases, 10.9 BB%, 18.7 K%, and 118 wRC+. Meanwhile, Clifford was an 11th-rounder last year who has burst onto the scene as a productive hitter. Through 83 games between Single-A and High-A this season, he is slashing .291/.399/.520 with 18 homers, 12.4 BB%, 24.0 K%, and 151 wRC+. Both players should be productive parts of the Mets' big-league lineup within a few seasons.

    Aug 1 · Source via Astros Mets Drew Gilbert Justin Verlander
  • Justin Verlander Dealt Back To Astros

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    The New York Mets have a deal in place to send pitcher Justin Verlander back to the Houston Astros. The Mets are receiving Astros top prospect Drew Gilbert as part of the swap. Of course, the future Hall of Famer enjoyed some of his best seasons with the Astros, including the 2022 season in which he was an All-Star, won his third career AL Cy Young Award, and won his second World Series as a member of the Astros. Verlander struggled early this season after beginning the campaign on the injured list but has been excellent of late, allowing just seven earned runs over his last seven starts spanning 42 1/3 innings of work. The right-hander owns a 3.15 ERA on the season across 16 starts but has also seen his strikeout rate dip to just 21%, his lowest mark since the 2014 season.

    Aug 1 · Source via Mets Astros Drew Gilbert Justin Verlander
  • Orioles Pursuing Justin Verlander

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    The Baltimore Orioles are among the teams actively pursuing a trade for New York Mets right-hander Justin Verlander on deadline day on Tuesday, according to a source. The Orioles are engaged on pitching with multiple sellers, including the Detroit Tigers, who are going to part with both left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez and right-hander Michael Lorenzen. Verlander has a full no-trade clause, so he is going to determine his destination if he's dealt. The Houston Astros are viewed as the heavy favorites for a reunion, while the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres are also apparently in the mix. The 40-year-old future Hall of Famer has been excellent in his last seven starts and hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in any start in that span.

    Aug 1 · Source via Mets Orioles Justin Verlander
  • Astros The Heavy Favorites To Land Justin Verlander

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    The Houston Astros are the heavy favorites to land New York Mets right-hander Justin Verlander if he's traded by the deadline on Tuesday. The Astros appear motivated to reunite with Verlander after he signed with the Mets in free agency last winter. The Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres have also been linked to Verlander, but he will be deciding where he goes if he's traded due to a full no-trade clause. The 40-year-old has plenty of familiarity with the 'Stros, having spent four full seasons with them from 2018-2022. Verlander got off to a shaky start with the Mets due to an injury, but he's turned things on of late and is looking more like the dominant ace he's been for the vast majority of his illustrious career.

    Aug 1 · Source via Mets Justin Verlander
  • Latest On Dodgers' Pursuit Of Justin Verlander

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    Following the Mets’ decision to deal future Hall of Famer Max Scherzer to the Rangers over the weekend, eyes around the baseball world have turned toward the other Cooperstown-bound veteran in Queens: Justin Verlander. Previous reporting had connected the Astros, Dodgers, Braves, and Reds to the veteran ace, though the Astros and Dodgers have appeared…

    Jul 31 · MLB Trade Rumors Mets Dodgers Justin Verlander
  • Mets Not Close To Trading Justin Verlander

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    The New York Mets are not deep in talks with any team about right-hander Justin Verlander with just over 30 hours to go before Tuesday's trade deadline. However, they are still listening despite trading Max Scherzer to the Texas Rangers on Saturday. One of the primary road blocks to a deal is Verlander's vesting option for 2025, according to multiple MLB team executives involved in discussions. The Mets have had talks with three or four teams, although none have progressed anywhere near an agreement on the players. The Dodgers and Astros are among the teams interested. In order to pay down his salary, the Mets are seeking significant prospect value, more than they received in the Scherzer deal. The 40-year-old won his third straight start, and 250th of his career, on Sunday and is 4-1 with a 1.49 ERA in his last seven starts.

    Jul 31 · Source via Mets Justin Verlander
  • Latest On Justin Verlander

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    Following the Mets’ trade of Max Scherzer to the Rangers led to further increased speculation about a trade of fellow high-priced, multi-time Cy Young winner Justin Verlander. Several teams have been tied to the nine-time All-Star, including the Rangers, Astros and Dodgers. However, Andy Martino of SNY reports that the Mets value Verlander much differently…

    Jul 30 · MLB Trade Rumors Mets Justin Verlander
  • Mets Receiving Strong Interest Regarding Justin Verlander

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    The New York Mets are receiving strong interest from multiple teams regarding right-hander Justin Verlander, according to sources. The Mets would like to keep Verlander for next season, but there's belief from other MLB executives that the Mets might end up with an offer they can't refuse by Tuesday's trade deadline. The Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros and Texas Rangers are involved. The 40-year-old future Hall of Famer would give any contending team a boost to their starting rotation. The two-time Cy Young winner and MVP started off slow in 2023 in his first year with the Mets, but he's been looking more like his dominant self in the second half. Overall, Verlander is 5-5 with a 3.24 ERA (3.93 FIP), 1.15 WHIP, 30 walks and 76 strikeouts in 89 innings over his 15 starts.

    Jul 29 · Source via Mets Justin Verlander
  • Mets Could Move Justin Verlander At Trade Deadline

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    There is a belief within the industry that the New York Mets could move three-time American League Cy Young winner Justin Verlander in the coming days, according to two major-league executives. The Mets enter the weekend trailing the Reds by seven games for the final wild-card spot in the National League. Verlander is in the first year of a two-year, $86.666 million deal that also includes a conditional $35 million player option for 2025. He has a full no-trade clause. The front-runners would likely be the Texas Rangers, according to one source. They also pursued Verlander last winter, but he had no interest in joining the team, but that may have changed now that they are in first place in the AL West. The 40-year-old was injured early on and struggled, but he's gone 3-1 with a 1.46 ERA in six starts since June 26. The Houston Astros are believed to be interested, too.

    Jul 28 · Source via Mets Justin Verlander
  • Mets Have Not Approached Justin Verlander About Deadline Trade

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    The Mets are expected to do some selling before the August 1 trade deadline but they have not approached Justin Verlander about any potential trade talks. That’s notable since the veteran has a full no-trade clause and would need to sign off on any deal before it could be completed. “I would hope that if…

    Jul 26 · MLB Trade Rumors Mets Justin Verlander
  • Giants Looking At Justin Verlander

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    The San Francisco Giants are among the teams evaluating New York Mets right-hander Justin Verlander as a trade-deadline candidate if he's willing to waive his no-trade clause, according to sources. In his first year in the Big Apple, Verlander has a 3.47 ERA (3.98 FIP), 1.16 WHIP, 26 walks and 70 strikeouts in 83 innings over 14 starts, but he has only four wins for a Mets team that is looking like sellers this summer. The 40-year-old future Hall of Famer is having his best month of the season in July, going 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA, .165 batting average against, 11 walks and 21 strikeouts in 26 innings over four starts. Verlander's fantasy value wouldn't change all that much with a move to the Giants, but he'd be in a better pitcher's park and an easier division.

    Jul 22 · Source via Mets Justin Verlander
  • Justin Verlander Sails To Fourth Win On Wednesday

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    New York Mets starting pitcher Justin Verlander authored one of his brightest performances of the year on Wednesday. The 40-year-old fired a season-high eight innings, permitting one run on three hits and one walk with seven strikeouts for his fourth win of the season. Verlander was cruising along in this one before hitting a bump via a sixth-inning Luis Robert Jr. moonshot. After wildly lending a season-worst six free passes in his last time out, Verlander sharpened up on that with one walk allowed on Wednesday. The future Hall-of-Famer is starting roll a bit after a sluggish start, assembling a 1.74 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 26 punchouts across 31 innings pitched in his last five starts. Verlander is slated to do battle with the New York Yankees on Tuesday. Since 2016, the right-hander has logged seven straight quality starts (47 1/3 IP) against the Yankees, posting a 1.90 ERA with 48 strikeouts over this stretch.

    Jul 19 · Source via Mets Justin Verlander
  • Justin Verlander Navigates Padres In No-Decision

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    New York Mets starting pitcher Justin Verlander tossed six innings of two-run ball in Friday's 7-5 win over the San Diego Padres. The 40-year-old struck out two batters, permitting five hits and three walks for a no-decision. It looked like it could have been a long night for Verlander early in this one after sacrificing two runs (one earned) in the opening frame, but found a groove after allowing another run during the second inning. The right-hander would manage four more scoreless frames before his night concluded with 98 pitches. It brings to a close a rocky first half for the 2022 AL Cy Young award winner. Though, Verlander finally looks to be rounding into form after a spending the first month of the campaign on the shelf. The future Hall-of-Famer is pitching to a sharp 2.03 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 24:6 K:BB over his last five starts (31 innings pitched). Verlander figures to be a decent second-half rebound candidate with a modest 3.60 ERA and 1.20 WHIP overall (70 IP). A tall task tentatively awaits the veteran coming out of the All-Star break next weekend versus the slugging Los Angeles Dodgers lineup.

    Jul 8 · Source via Mets Justin Verlander
    2023 ATC$2828168.0137131853613520664593.161.02
    2023 Steamer$2629180.0129182023615524672673.351.06
    2023 THE BAT$2928168.0129111914013320765603.211.03
    2023 Zeile$2928170.013716183361331900552.910.99

    Historic stats obtained free of charge from and are copyrighted by Retrosheet. ATC projections by Ariel Cohen. Steamer projections by Steamer Projections Blog. THE BAT projections by Derek Carty. Zeile Consensus projections by FantasyPros.

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