​When you've got a guy like ​Justin Verlander on the payroll, you do whatever it takes to keep things that way. Staff aces don't grow on trees, after all, which is why nobody is allowed to be especially surprised that JV and the ​Houston Astros are reportedly making progress on a contract extension, per insider Mark Feinsand.

Verlander, one of the greatest players in all of ​baseball, recently turned 36, so it's not likely that the Astros would want to pay him over $30 million when the guy is almost 40. But for now, the seven-time All-Star and 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner looks keen to stick around.

​We heard some chatter on this front earlier in the day, but there was no indication that a deal was taking shape. Now, Astros fans can appreciate that the outlook has improved itself considerably.

Locking down a fireballing hoss of a pitcher is good business. Stay tuned as this thing races toward a conclusion that should have the folks in Houston celebrating in the streets.

Verlander struggled in his final half-season with the Tigers before being shipped to the Astros at the 2017 trade deadline. He revitalized his career in Houston, posting insane numbers since the move to the South. 

In his Astros' career, Verlander has posted a record of 21-9 with a 2.32 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and 333 strikeouts across 39 starts.