Justin Verlander

Houston Astros, Starting Pitcher
Age: 41-133d (Feb 20, 1983)
Exp: 18.002 Years
Country: US
College: Old Dominion
Drafted: Round 1 (#2 overall), 2004
Agent(s): Mark Pieper, Mike Milchin (ISE Baseball)
2024 Payroll Salary

$22,544,808

2024 Cash

$47,544,808

Career Earnings

$398,466,363

2023-2025 Free Agent (CURRENT)

Justin Verlander signed a 2 year , $86,666,666 contract with the New York Mets, including $86,666,666 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $43,333,333. In 2024, Verlander will earn a base salary of $22,544,808, while carrying a total salary of $43,333,333. Verlander's adjusted salary with the New York Mets is $22,544,808
Contract Terms:
2 yr(s) / $86,666,666
Average Salary:
$43,333,333
Signing Bonus:
N/A
Free Agent:
2026 / UFA
Year Age Status PayrollAnnual Luxury Tax Tax % League Tax Cash Annual Cash Cumulative
2023 40 $43,333,333 - - - -
2024 41
$22,544,808 $18,333,333 7.74% $22,544,808 $22,544,808
2025 42
Cond. Player
$17,500,000 $17,500,000 - $17,500,000 $40,044,808
2026 43
UFA
Retained Salary
2023 40 $43,333,333 $43,333,333 18.60% $43,333,333 $43,333,333
2024 41 $25,000,000 $25,000,000 10.55% $25,000,000 $68,333,333
Year Age Service Status Base Salary Incentives Likely Incentives Unlikely Payroll Salary Luxury Tax
2023 40 17.002 $43,333,333 - - $43,333,333 -
2024 41 18.002
$43,333,333 - - $22,544,808 $18,333,333
2025 42 -
Cond. Player
$35,000,000 - - $17,500,000 $17,500,000
2026 43 --
UFA
Retained Salary
2023 40 $43,333,333 - - $43,333,333 $43,333,333
2024 41 $25,000,000 - - $25,000,000 $25,000,000
Year Age Status Base Salary Cash Total Cash Cumulative AYC Cumulative AYC Remaining
2023 40 - - - - -
2024 41
$22,544,808 $22,544,808 $22,544,808 $11,272,404 $20,022,404
2025 42
Cond. Player
$17,500,000 $17,500,000 $40,044,808 $13,348,269 $17,500,000
Retained/Dead Cash
2023 40 - $43,333,333 $43,333,333 $43,333,333 $43,333,333 $22,777,778
2024 41 - $25,000,000 $25,000,000 $68,333,333 $34,166,667 $12,500,000
Contract Notes
  • 2025 Player Option: $35M, vests with 140 innings pitched in 2024
    Mets retain $35M from 2023-2024
    $17.5M of the 2025 option if it vests
Source: AP

2022-2023 Free Agent

Justin Verlander signed a 2 year , $50,000,000 contract with the Houston Astros, including $50,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $25,000,000.
Contract Terms:
2 yr(s) / $50,000,000
Average Salary:
$25,000,000
Signing Bonus:
N/A
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2020-2021 Extension

Justin Verlander signed a 2 year , $66,000,000 contract with the Houston Astros, including $66,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $33,000,000.
Contract Terms:
2 yr(s) / $66,000,000
Average Salary:
$33,000,000
Signing Bonus:
N/A
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2013-2020 Extension

Justin Verlander signed a 7 year , $180,000,000 contract with the Detroit Tigers, including $180,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $25,714,286.
Contract Terms:
7 yr(s) / $180,000,000
Average Salary:
$25,714,286
Signing Bonus:
N/A
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2010-2014 Arbitration Extension

Justin Verlander signed a 5 year , $80,000,000 contract with the Detroit Tigers, including $500,000 signing bonus, $80,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $16,000,000.
Contract Terms:
5 yr(s) / $80,000,000
Average Salary:
$16,000,000
Signing Bonus:
$500,000
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2009-2009 Arbitration

Justin Verlander signed a 1 year , $3,675,000 contract with the Detroit Tigers, including $3,675,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $3,675,000.
Contract Terms:
1 yr(s) / $3,675,000
Average Salary:
$3,675,000
Signing Bonus:
N/A
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2005-2009 Rookie

Justin Verlander signed a 5 year , $4,450,000 contract with the Detroit Tigers, including $3,150,000 signing bonus, $4,450,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $890,000.
Contract Terms:
5 yr(s) / $4,450,000
Average Salary:
$890,000
Signing Bonus:
$3,150,000
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Career Earnings thru 2024

$398,466,363

Career Earnings w/ Different Teams

3 teams

Earnings Per Year

Year Age Team(s) Status Cash Total Cash Cumulative Awards
2005 22
Active
$3,466,000
$3,466,000
2006 23
Active
$350,000
$3,816,000
AL ROY
2007 24
Active
$400,000
$4,216,000
2008 25
Active
$500,000
$4,716,000
2009 26
Active / Arb Avoided
$3,975,000
$8,691,000
2010 27
Active / Arb Avoided
$7,250,000
$15,941,000
2011 28
Active
$13,250,000
$29,191,000
AL MVP AL Cy Young
2012 29
Active
$20,000,000
$49,191,000
2013 30
Active
$20,000,000
$69,191,000
2014 31
Active
$20,000,000
$89,191,000
2015 32
Active
$28,000,000
$117,191,000
2016 33
Active
$28,000,000
$145,191,000
2017 34
Active
Retained
$4,743,169
$23,256,831
$149,934,169
$173,191,000
Champion
2018 35
Active
Retained
$20,100,000
$8,000,000
$193,291,000
$201,291,000
2019 36
Active
Retained
$28,075,000
$8,000,000
$229,366,000
$237,366,000
AL Cy Young All MLB (1st)
2020 37
Injured
$12,222,222
$249,588,222
2021 38
Injured
$33,000,000
$282,588,222
2022 39
Active
$25,000,000
$307,588,222
Champion AL Cy Young All MLB (1st)
2023 40
Retained
$43,333,333
$350,921,555
2024 41
Injured
Retained
$22,544,808
$25,000,000
$373,466,363
$398,466,363
Total      
$398,466,363
$373,466,363
$398,466,363
2025 42
Active / Cond. Player
$17,500,000
Total
$415,966,363
Year Team(s) Age Base Signing Incentives Cash Total Cash Cumulative
2005
22
$316,000
$3,150,000
$3,466,000
$3,466,000
2006
23
$350,000
$350,000
$3,816,000
2007
24
$400,000
$400,000
$4,216,000
2008
25
$500,000
$500,000
$4,716,000
2009
26
$3,975,000
$3,975,000
$8,691,000
2010
27
$6,750,000
$500,000
$7,250,000
$15,941,000
2011
28
$12,750,000
$500,000
$13,250,000
$29,191,000
2012
29
$20,000,000
$20,000,000
$49,191,000
2013
30
$20,000,000
$20,000,000
$69,191,000
2014
31
$20,000,000
$20,000,000
$89,191,000
2015
32
$28,000,000
$28,000,000
$117,191,000
2016
33
$28,000,000
$28,000,000
$145,191,000
2017
34
$4,743,169
$23,256,831
$4,743,169
$23,256,831
$149,934,169
$173,191,000
2018
35
$20,000,000
$8,000,000
$100,000
$20,100,000
$8,000,000
$193,291,000
$201,291,000
2019
36
$28,000,000
$8,000,000
$75,000
$28,075,000
$8,000,000
$229,366,000
$237,366,000
2020
37
$12,222,222
$12,222,222
$249,588,222
2021
38
$33,000,000
$33,000,000
$282,588,222
2022
39
$25,000,000
$25,000,000
$307,588,222
2023
40
$43,333,333
$43,333,333
$350,921,555
2024
41
$22,544,808
$25,000,000
$22,544,808
$25,000,000
$373,466,363
$398,466,363
Total
$394,141,363
$3,650,000
$675,000
$398,466,363
$373,466,363
$398,466,363
2025
42
$17,500,000
$17,500,000
Total
$411,641,363
$3,650,000
$675,000
$415,966,363

Earnings Per Team

Years Team Base Signing Incentives Cash Cumulative
15 $180,297,831 $3,650,000 $500,000 $184,447,831
7 $145,510,199 - $175,000 $145,685,199
2 $68,333,333 - - $68,333,333

Injuries

Year Dates Reason
2015 DET Mar 29, 2015 - Jun 13, 2015 Arm
2020 HOU Jul 27, 2020 - Sep 27, 2020 Arm
2021 HOU Apr 01, 2021 - Oct 03, 2021 Elbow (Tommy John)
2022 HOU Aug 30, 2022 - Sep 16, 2022 Calf
2023 NYM Mar 30, 2023 - May 04, 2023 Shoulder
2024 HOU Mar 28, 2024 - Apr 18, 2024 Shoulder
2024 HOU Jun 16, 2024 - TBD Neck
  • Aug 01, 2023 Traded to Houston (HOU) from New York (NYM) for Drew Gilbert and Ryan Clifford
  • Dec 07, 2022 Signed a 2 year $86.6 million contract with New York (NYM), including a $35 million vesting option for 2025
  • Nov 10, 2022 Declined a $25 million player option for 2023 with Houston (HOU)
  • Nov 17, 2021 Signed a 2 year $50 million contract with Houston (HOU)
  • Nov 17, 2021 Houston (HOU) extended Qualifying Offer
  • Mar 23, 2019 Signed a 2 year $66 million contract extension with Houston (HOU)
  • Sep 01, 2017 Traded to Houston (HOU) from Detroit (DET) with $16,000,000 and future considerations for Franklin Perez, Daz Cameron and Jake Rogers
  • Mar 29, 2013 Signed a 7 year $180 million extension with Detroit (DET)
  • Feb 04, 2010 Signed a 5 year $80 million contract with Detroit (DET)
  • Feb 03, 2009 Signed a 1 year $3.675 million contract with Detroit (DET)
  • Oct 22, 2004 Signed a 5 year $4.45 million contract with Detroit (DET)
  • Jun 07, 2004 Drafted by Detroit (DET): Round 1 (#2 overall)
Year Team GP GS H R ER BB K HR W L SV IP ERA WHIP WAR
2024 HOU 10 10 52 26 25 17 51 11 3 2 0 57.0 3.95 2.68 0.58
2023 HOU 28 27 139 63 58 45 144 18 13 8 0 162.3 3.22 2.49 2.21
2022 HOU 28 28 116 43 34 29 185 12 18 4 0 175.0 1.75 1.49 5.62
2020 HOU 1 1 3 2 2 1 7 2 1 0 0 6.0 3.00 1.50 0.15
2019 HOU 34 34 137 66 64 42 300 36 21 6 0 223.0 2.58 1.70 7.38
2018 HOU 34 34 156 63 60 37 290 28 16 9 0 214.0 2.52 1.56 6.30
2017 HOU 33 33 170 80 77 72 219 27 15 8 0 206.0 3.36 0.32 5.11
2016 DET 34 34 171 81 77 57 254 30 16 9 0 227.2 3.05 0.44 7.37
2015 DET 20 20 113 56 50 32 113 13 5 8 0 133.3 3.38 0.46 2.36
2014 DET 32 32 223 114 104 65 159 18 15 12 0 206.0 4.54 0.35 0.93
2013 DET 34 34 212 94 84 75 217 19 13 12 0 218.3 3.46 0.32 4.40
2012 DET 33 33 192 81 70 60 239 19 17 8 0 238.3 2.64 0.44 8.09
2011 DET 34 34 174 73 67 57 250 24 24 5 0 251.0 2.40 0.49 8.62
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