Mets had to sign Justin Verlander after losing Jacob deGrom

Justin Verlander became Met the minute Rangers signed Jacob de Grom. It took three days to become official. A winning team needed a front starter and the next best option was to strike a long-term deal with Carlos Rodón.

Spending $86.8 million over two years on a pitcher who turns 40 in February is a cost that Dishes need to pay. Rodón involved more years at risk and with a lower cap. The Mets made sure to keep Verlander just below new and old teammate Max Scherzer as the most expensive pitcher in history — by about $30,000 a year.

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