Houston Astros Justin Verlander Considering Reunion With Detroit Tigers

Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros isn't scared to admit he's thought about heading back to where it all began for his baseball career - the Detroit Tigers.

Verlander met with the media on Sunday and opened up the door to a potential return to Motown next season:

I'd be lying if I said I didn't think about it. Yeah, of course. I loved playing there. I love the city. I love the fans. Yes, I do think about it. Ultimately, the decision comes down to what's best for my career. If that aligns with that possibility, then maybe it does. I need to get my elbow healthy first. And then I don't even know what the next steps are. I'm a free agent, and I have no plan. For the first time, I'm entering free agency. We'll just see what happens.

Verlander underwent Tommy John surgery after one outing in 2020 and he's not expected back on the bump this season, and will be a free agent this upcoming offseason. 

While on the Tigers the fire-baller was one of the best pitchers in baseball. He had a fantastic 13-year run with the team, made six all-star teams, and won lots of hardware including rookie of the year, 2011 AL Cy Young and MVP awards. The Tigers are expected to have some serious interest in making this reunion happen as they could use Verlander as a mentor to their young pitching staff.

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