Mets strike deal with Cy Young winner Verlander-reports

Nov 5, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) looks on before game six of the 2022 World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo

NEW YORK, Dec 5 (Reuters) - The New York Mets have struck a deal with three-times Cy Young Award-winner Justin Verlander, signing the 39-year-old All-Star pitcher to a two-year, $86 million deal, according to media reports.

Verlander helped the Houston Astros to their second World Series title in 2022, winning Game 5 on the road against the Philadelphia Phillies, and had a 1.75 ERA in the regular season, the lowest in Major League Baseball (MLB).

The Mets did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The nine-time All-Star missed the 2021 season recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Reporting by Amy Tennery in New York; Editing by Ken Ferris

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