Justin Verlander signs with Mets


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Inked to a two-year contract with a vesting option for 2025, the Mets signed the defending AL Cy Young winner Wednesday evening. The contract is reportedly worth $86.66MM, and Verlander will have a $35MM player option for 2025 if he pitches 140 innings in 2024. There is a full no-trade clause in the deal and Verlander will make $43.33MM in each of the two guaranteed years. Baseball agent ISE represents Verlander.

Due to his unusual circumstances, Verlander was one of the most unique free agents in modern baseball. As a result of Tommy John surgery, he only made one start in 2020 and missed all of 2021, when he became a free agent. His age-39 season was approaching at that point, having missed two full seasons. In 2019, however, when he was last healthy, he won the American League Cy Young award.

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