The New York Mets were quick to address the holes in their starting rotation after the departures of Jacob deGrom and Chris Bassitt, signing veterans Justin Verlander and Jose Quintana, as well as right-hander Kodai Senga.
Verlander signed for two years and $86 million and was given a vesting option for 2025.
With pitchers and catchers having reported to spring training and the dawn of a new season approaching, Verlander has had a chance to put on his new Mets uniform for the first time.
On Twitter, Jon Heyman of the New York Post tweeted a photo of Verlander at Mets camp in his new threads.
Justin Verlander in his new environment pic.twitter.com/WV8hzt8Egh
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 14, 2023
Mets fans will enjoy seeing this.
While losing deGrom and Bassitt hurt the Mets, they made up for it with the signing of Verlander.
The nine-time All-Star is coming off of his third Cy Young Award, having won 18 games in 28 starts and posting a 1.75 ERA, which was the best of any pitcher in baseball.
He’ll also join his former Detroit Tigers teammate Max Scherzer in a stacked Mets rotation.
In addition to his nine All-Star nods and three Cy Youngs, Verlander owns a pitching Triple Crown, a Rookie of the Year Award, an ALCS MVP Award, and an American League MVP.
He also owns two World Series rings.
The right-hander will be turning 40 years old next week, but he’s still pitching as if he’s in his prime and could help guide the Mets to another postseason appearance in 2023.
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