Justin Verlander is staying in Houston.
The starting pitcher’s brother, Ben Verlander, tweeted on Wednesday afternoon that the right-hander was re-signing with the Astros after reports of several other teams expressing interest in him.
According to Mark Berman of Fox 26, Verlander signed a one-year deal for $25 million, rejecting the one-year, $18.4 million qualifying offer from the Astros less than an hour earlier.
Per Audacy MLB insider Jon Heyman, Verlander felts a sense of loyalty to the Astros and owner Jim Crane, which factored into his decision to stay.
The 38-year-old, who turns 39 in February, has pitched in just one game over the last two years — in 2019 — and missed all of last season while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.
Despite the injury concerns, Verlander was receiving plenty of interest from several teams around the league, including the Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays, White Sox, Braves and Dodgers.
Verlander did win the Cy Young in his last healthy season, though, and if he can return anywhere close to that form he gives the Astros a much-needed boost to their starting rotation, especially with the likely departure of Zach Greinke.