Justin Verlander is still one of the best pitchers in baseball even though he will turn 40 ahead of the 2023 season. The right-hander, fresh off of a World Series victory with the Houston Astros, is already receiving attention in free agency. Teams such as the Astros, Mets, and Yankees have been mentioned as fits for Verlander. However, the Los Angeles Dodgers may be the best fit for him.

Los Angeles is looking to win a World Series. Anything less than a championship would be considered a failure in LA, and Verlander knows what it takes to win. With that being said, let’s take a look at 2 reasons why the Dodgers are the perfect fit for the Justin Verlander.


The Dodgers’ 2023 missing link

Justin Verlander will not require a long-term contract. At most, teams will need to dish out a 3-year deal to sign the right-hander. But a 1 or 2 year contract will also be on the table for the soon to be 40 year old. With Walker Buehler set to miss most of the 2023 campaign and prospect Bobby Miller still developing in the minor leagues, Verlander profiles as an excellent short-term option for the Dodgers.

Additionally, he is not tied to a draft pick via a qualifying offer which makes him an even more attractive free agent option.