Report: Justin Verlander to sign with New York Mets for two years, $86 million


(SportsRadio 610) - Three-time AL Cy Young winner Justin Verlander is joining the New York Mets on a two-year, $86 million deal with a vesting option for 2025, MLB insider Jon Heyman reports.

Verlander's signing comes on the heels of former Mets ace Jacob deGrom signing a five-year, $185 million contract with the Texas Rangers last week. The Mets are effectively replacing one dominant, generational right-handed pitcher with another one.

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Heyman further reported that the vesting option for 2025 is worth $35 million, meaning the total value of the deal could reach $121 million, and it includes a full no-trade clause.

Verlander, who turns 40 in February, just pitched one of his best seasons, earning his third Cy Young award - this time coming off Tommy John surgery.

He led the AL in wins (18), ERA (1.75), WHIP (0.83), opponent OPS (.497), opponent average (.186), opponent slugging percentage (.297), and hits per nine innings (5.97). Verlander finished the season with a 1.75 ERA, which is the lowest posted by an AL pitcher in a full season since Red Sox starter Pedro Martinez had a 1.74 ERA in his Cy Young season of 2000. Verlander's ERA was also the third-lowest in the AL since divisional play began in 1969.

Now, Verlander joins a Mets rotation that includes Max Scherzer, who they signed last offseason, and has question marks beyond Scherzer and Carlos Carrasco after deGrom, Chris Bassitt, and Taijuan Walker all became free agents.

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