Verlander declines $25M Astros option, becomes free agent

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Verlander Astros becomes free agent
Houston Astros' Justin Verlander and his wife Kate Upton celebrate during a victory parade for the World Series baseball champions Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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.

Verlander Astros becomes free agent

Several others have option decisions due later in the day.