NL East News: Justin Verlander signs massive contract with Phillies division rival
Justin Verlander and the New York Mets are in agreement on a massive 2-year deal worth $86M.
Justin Verlander Signs 2-Year, $86M Deal with New York Mets
Justin Verlander now makes the second-highest AAV in baseball history at $43M per year, just behind his newest teammate Max Scherzer at $43.3M. After the Mets lost their #1 arm in Jacob deGrom to the Texas Rangers, they find their new arm to fill out their 1/2 duo in Justin Verlander.
Verlander had a great regular season with the Astros in 2022, logging a career-high 1.75 ERA in 28 total starts. He threw 175 innings, allowing just 34 earned runs in that time while striking out 185. Verlander took home the Cy Young Award just a few weeks ago for the third time in his career.
The Mets paid a fortune for Verlander, even though that’s ultimately what was going to get the job done. They’re getting a 3x Cy Young Winner, MVP, 2x World Series Champion, and Triple Crown winner, but also getting the worst starting pitcher in World Series history.
At least Verlander won’t have to worry about making his World Series stats any worse than they already are because we all know the Mets won’t sniff November baseball for the next two years.