Days after Jacob deGrom left New York for the Texas Rangers, the Mets were able to sign the reigning AL CY Young Award winner Justin Verlander to a two-year $86 million dollar contract. The deal includes a third-year vesting option for 2025. Verlander is coming off a CY Young Award year going 18-4 with an ERA of 1.75 along with 185 strikeouts in 28 starts and a ninth All-Star selection for the future hall of famer. It also comes off Verlander missing the last two seasons due to injury where he only made one start in 2020 because of an elbow injury and all of 2021 while he was recovering from surgery.
Verlander, who turns 40 in February will reunite with his former teammate and friend Max Scherzer when they both pitched for the Detroit Tigers from 2010-2014 until Scherzer left for the Nationals the following season and Verlander later being traded to the Astros in 2017 where he was a two-time World Series Champion in 2017 and 2022.
This deal shows that owner Steve Cohen isn’t messing around in his quest for the Mets first championship in 1986 after being eliminated from the World Card Series against the San Diego Padres this past season. It does seem clear that Cohen is not done making any more moves with other free agents like Brandon Nimmo, Chris Bassitt and Taijuan Walker all still on the free agent market. For now, the Mets got deGrom’s replacement and will look to keep improving their team for a quest for a championship.