I’m trying to recreate the glorious time. The Houston Astros and Justin Verlander (40), who won the World Series last year, have reunited. Verlander returned to Houston after leaving the New York Mets.
Local media such as MLB.com reported on the 2nd (Korean time) that the Mets and Houston had agreed to trade Justin Verlander ahead of the trade deadline.
The Mets, which made astronomical investments, are sending the superstars they recruited one by one with the declaration of giving up the season. Key players such as David Robertson (Miami), Mark Kanha (Milwaukee), and Max Scherzer (Texas) were traded. In particular, they tried to disband Scherzer and Verlander, a veteran one-two-punch duo that shined in the 6th Cy Young Award. Scherzer was sent out first, and eventually Verlander also faced the fate of a trade.
Verlander wore a Houston uniform, and Houston sent outfielder Drew Gilbert, who ranked first in the team’s prospect list (based on the MLB pipeline) and Ryan Clifford, who ranked fourth, to the Mets in return. Instead, the condition for subsidizing the majority of Verlander’s annual salary was included.
Verlander, who took nearly two years off from elbow surgery, signed a two-year, $50 million contract ahead of the 2022 season. And with an average score of 18 wins and 4 losses and an ERA of 1.75, he succeeded in making a comeback by winning the third Cy Young Award in his career. He also won the World Series. However, their time together did not last long. After activating the opt-out clause and becoming a free agent again, Verlander signed a two-year, $86.66 million contract with the Mets. His sophomore season also includes a vesting option with a $35 million 2025 contract extension.
The Mets will keep half of the contract. According to MLB.com reporter Mark Finesand, ‘Verlander has about $58 million (about 78.4 billion won) of the 2023-2024 contract left. Of this, the Mets will pay $35 million (approximately 45.1 billion won). And if Verlander fulfills his vesting option and the $35 million contract is extended, he will pay an additional $17.5 million. Through this trade, up to 52.5 million dollars (approximately 67.7 billion won) will be subsidized. All are included in the competition balance tax (luxury tax),’ he explained. 토토사이트
Although Verlander started the season late due to an injury this year, he is showing off rust-free skills with 6 wins, 5 losses and an ERA of 3.15 in 16 games. Houston needed an ace in a position where it was closely chasing the Texas Rangers in second place in the American League West. Lance McCullers Jr. and Luis Garcia are out for the season and Jose Urquidi is just returning from a shoulder injury. In a situation where the existing starting lineup, such as Framber Valdez and Christian Javier, is experiencing some ups and downs, a total of 250 wins and 3 Cy Young Awards, and the Hall of Fame is spurring the move toward a second consecutive World Series title by recalling a reserved legendary being.