MLB: Justin Verlander convinced by Steve Cohen’s desire for victory

NEW YORK — Justin Verlander had only one word to explain what convinced him to sign with the New York Mets: « Steve. »

As in the name of owner Steve Cohen and his willingness to spend his fortune in hedge funds to bring the team its first World Series title since 1986.

“I took a leap of faith, and here we are a few weeks later, and I think that leap of faith paid off,” Verlander said Tuesday during a press conference at Citi Field.

Verlander agreed to a two-year contract worth $86.7 million on Dec. 5, as part of an offseason spending program that committed a lump sum of $476.7 million US for the hiring of seven free agents.

Verlander said Cohen showed him behind the scenes that the Mets were « going to do what was necessary. »

Later that day, the Mets signed reliever Adam Ottavino to a two-year contract.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported the signing. The amount awarded would be $14.5 million. The 37-year-old Ottavino played in 66 games last season with the Mets posting a 2.06 ERA.

The Mets also signed pitchers Kodei Senga and José Quintana, signed new deals to center fielder Brandon Nimmo and stopper Edwin Diaz, signed reliever David Robertson and reached a deal with receiver Omar Narvaez who is pending. a medical examination.

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