Full trade, per ESPN sources:
Astros receive: RHP Justin Verlander.
Mets receive: OF Drew Gilbert and OF Ryan Clifford.
Deal is done.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 1, 2023
The Houston Astros are set to acquire star pitcher Justin Verlander from the New York Mets, as reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Tuesday.
At 40 years old, Verlander boasts a 6-5 record and a 3.15 ERA this season. Despite getting off to a slow start, notably, he has been exceptional in his last six starts, maintaining a 1.69 ERA and limiting batters to a meager .167 average. He’s also allowed only one home run over his last 37⅓ innings. Recently, Verlander achieved his 250th career victory.
Having signed a two-year contract worth $86.7 million with the Mets in December, Verlander remains under contract until the end of the next season, with a potential option for 2025.
The future hall of famer previously won two World Series titles with the Astros.
Prior to the Verlander deal, the Mets made significant trades, sending right-hander Max Scherzer to the Texas Rangers, outfielder Mark Canha to the Milwaukee Brewers, and closer David Robertson to the Miami Marlins. There is still a possibility of additional moves, with outfielder Tommy Pham, left-hander Jose Quintana, and relievers Adam Ottavino and Brooks Raley potentially being dealt before the trade deadline at 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
Check back soon for updates.
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