Astros agree to 2-year extension with Justin Verlander

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HOUSTON, TX – OCTOBER 18: Justin Verlander #35 of the Houston Astros looks on in the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox during Game Five of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 18, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

(AP) — Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros have agreed on a $66 million, two-year contract extension, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation.

The agreement will keep the right-hander, who was entering the last year of his contract, in Houston through the 2021 season. The person spoke Saturday to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because details not had been released by the team. The agreement was first reported by KRIV-FOX 26.

The 36-year-old Verlander was traded from Detroit to Houston on Aug. 31, 2017, and helped the Astros win their first World Series that season. The 2011 American League MVP and Cy Young Award winner finished second in Cy Young voting last season after going 16-9 with a 2.52 ERA in 34 starts. He pitched 214 innings and his 290 strikeouts led the AL.

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