According to multiple sources, the Houston Astros and New York Mets have concluded a trade that brings Justin Verlander back to Houston in return for the Astros’ #1 prospect and 2022 first-round draft pick, Drew Gilbert, plus a 19-year-old sleeper with early success at A+ Asheville, Ryan Clifford.
Verlander signed a record-breaking $86.666 million two-year deal this year with the Mets with a conditional third-year option. The Mets will send about $54 million of the $93 million of the money the Mets still owe Verlander to the Astros if his 2025 option is vested. If that happens, the Astros would end up paying Verlander $29 million over the next 2 1⁄2 years. (see tweet below)
It looks like the Astros are all in once again.
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