Houston Astros forgot to make Justin Verlander’s deal official before the lockout

Written by Doug Rush

Houston Astros forgot to make Justin Verlander’s deal official before the lockout.

A few weeks ago, Justin Verlander had agreed to a deal to return to the Houston Astros. But could that be in jeopardy now?

With the MLB lockout taking into effect shortly after midnight, the deal that Verlander had with Houston was never made official, and now with the lockout, it can’t be made official.

With the deal not being official, Verlander is technically not a member of the Astros and won’t be until the lockout ends.

Could the deal not being announced put the deal into jeopardy? Who knows.

But with the lockout now in place, we won’t know anything until it ends, whenever that may be. Whoops.

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Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws.

In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views.

After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016.

In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season.

In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW.

Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.