NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Verlander has declined a $25 million option with the Houston Astros to become a free agent.
The move for the 39-year-old right-hander who is likely headed to his third Cy Young Award comes five days after winning the World Series.
Verlander is one of 4 players who became a free agent today
Verlander was among four players who became free agents Thursday, raising the total to 165.
Several others have option decisions due later in the day.