MLB Rumors: Verlander Sets His Price; Linked To Dodgers

Justin Verlander opted out of his $25M contract for the coming season, so we know his next contract will be significantly higher than that. According to a new report by Houston Astros writer Brian McTaggart, he'll be asking for the full Max Scherzer treatment. 

At a similar age, with similarly remarkable competitiveness and production, Verlander is shooting to match or surpass the 3-year, $130M contract that Scherzer signed with the Mets last season when he was 37. Verlander is going into his age-40 season, but has said he wants to pitch until his mid-40s. 

Another rumor has the Los Angeles Dodgers as a prime suitor now for Verlander. Particuarly after they lost All-Star Tyler Anderson to the crosstown Los Angeles Angels yesterday in free agency.  

There is no draft pick compensation tied to Verlander, as we was not subject to a qualifying offer. That makes him a bit more attractive from that standpoint as compared to, say, Jacob deGrom, who does the draft pick comp attached. 

The Dodgers' rotation is certainly in need, as they'll be without ace Walker Buehler for most of the season after undergoing his second Tommy John surgery in August.  

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