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Justin Verlander has agreed to a two-year, $86 million contract with the New York Mets.
Verlander’s deal with the Mets has a vesting option for a third year. Verlander will be 40 before next season but is coming off a season where he was the unanimous AL CY Young. In 175 innings, Verlander posted a 1.75 ERA with 185 strikeouts.
Justin Verlander is reportedly front and center for the Mets after losing Jacob deGrom.
The Mets are also reportedly looking at Carlos Rodon in free agency. It sounds like one of the two will land with the Mets this offseason. Verlander likely won't receiver a contract as long as deGrom, but it will be similar in terms of the per-year amount. Rodon could receive a deal close to or as long as deGrom.
Justin Verlander is set to meet with the Dodgers on Monday.
Verlander is fresh off of a historic comeback season that earned him the third Cy Young award of his career at age 39. The future Hall of Famer opted out of his contract with the Astros shortly after the club won their second World Series this year, making him a free agent. The Dodgers join both New York clubs as well as the Astros in being tagged as suitors for Verlander's services.
Pitcher Justin Verlander has officially opted out of his contract with the Houston Astros and is now a free agent.
The news is of little surprise considering the 2022 Cy Young-caliber campaign the future Hall of Famer put together. Verlander produced a 1.75 ERA and 27.8% K-rate across 28 regular-season starts, winning 18 games in the process. He was roughed up for 13 earned runs across 20 postseason innings but still won his second World Series with the Astros. Verlander forgoes a $25 million salary for the 2023 season in exchange for what is likely to be a multi-year bidding war for his services on the open market.
Justin Verlander tossed five shutout innings in a 10-0 win over the Phillies Tuesday. He did not allow a hit and walked one, striking out 10 in the win.
Verlander finishes his regular season 18-4 with an unreal 1.75 ERA. He becomes the first pitcher since Cy Young over 100 years ago to pitch a sub-2.00 ERA and be at least 39 years old. He is a shoe-in for both AL Comeback Player of the Year and the AL Cy Young Award. It's truly incredible what Verlander has accomplished this season.