The Mets are in agreement on a contract with Justin Verlander, reports Andy Martino of SNY. Former ball player Carlos Baerga reported last night on Instagram that the Mets and Verlander had a two-year, $86.8MM deal.
The New York Post's Jon Heyman reports it's a two-year, $86 million deal with a vesting third-year option. The deal's $43 million average annual value comes in just a shade under the all-time record $43.33 million per year contract Max Scherzer signed with the Mets last offseason. The move pairs Verlander with Scherzer days after Jacob deGrom bolted New York for a five-year deal with the Texas Rangers. Scherzer and Verlander were previously teammates with the Detroit Tigers.
Verlander's deal tops deGrom's annual value, but for fewer years.
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