The New York Mets lost their ace in Jacob deGrom this past winter and watched him leave for the Texas Rangers.
But owner Steve Cohen wasn’t about to let the Rangers have the last word.
Cohen responded by signing three solid starters in Justin Verlander, Jose Quintana, and Kodai Senga.
Now, Verlander heads up a stacked Mets rotation alongside his former Detroit Tigers teammate Max Scherzer.
The Mets are ready to build off of their 2022 success and Verlander hopes to repeat his Cy Young performance from a year ago.
On Twitter, the Mets posted a video of the 40-year-old throwing a bullpen session.
Mornin’, JV 👋 pic.twitter.com/3AAUEBJSYb
— New York Mets (@Mets) February 21, 2023
Verlander won 18 games and posted a Major League-best 1.75 ERA, earning his third American League Cy Young Award.
He joined the Mets on a two-year, $86 million deal after guiding the Houston Astros to yet another World Series title.
The signing of the veteran right-hander was the biggest move the Mets made this winter as they look for more success in 2023.
The team fell short in the Wild Card round against the San Diego Padres.
But Verlander brings great postseason experience and another veteran voice in the clubhouse to go along with Scherzer.
And today, he started off with another bullpen session which will have the Mets encouraged as spring training progresses and the 2023 season approaches.
He looks to be healthy and ready to go for yet another season.
He and Scherzer at the top of the Mets rotation should make them a dangerous team and a serious World Series contender.NEXT: Mets Owner Comments On World Series Expectations