The former Cy Young winner Verlander did not pitch at all last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow in 2020. Another concern is that Verlander will turn 39 years old in February.
On the bright side though, Verlander reportedly looked good during a recent workout for interested teams. That could give Verlander a bit more leverage to choose his destination for next year, which now sounds like it will be on the east side of the country.
We may have a notable development in Justin Verlander Watch 2021.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported on Tuesday that Los Angeles Angels officials believe that Verlander is more inclined to sign with an East Coast team or to return to the Detroit Tigers than to sign with a West Coast team. That may have played a factor in the Angels’ decision to sign fireballer Noah Syndergaard this week. He sure would look good in a Tiger uniform again