‘56.3 billion won’ highest annual salary, Verlander, starts the season on the injured list

March 31, 2023 0 Comments

Ace Justin Verlander (40), an ace who was ambitiously recruited by New York Mets owner Stephen Cohen, will start the season on the injured list.

The Mets announced on the 31st (hereinafter Korean time), “Verlander is entering the injured list due to a low-level farsightedness problem.”

Originally, Verlander was scheduled to make his first mound in the third game of the season against the Miami Marlins on the 2nd of next month. It’s because of the home opener. After resting for 4 days, he was able to start the home opener against Miami on the 7th at Citi Field, the Mets’ home stadium. It was an ideal picture for Max Scherzer (39) to be in charge of the season opener and Verlander to be in charge of the home opener. However, because of the injury, the Mets’ plan was twisted from the start.

Originally, there were risks. Verlander returned last year after undergoing rehabilitation after receiving elbow ligament surgery (Tommy John surgery) in 2020. He resurrected splendidly after signing a 1 + 1 free agent (free agent) contract with his original team, the Houston Astros. He recorded an ERA of 1.75 with 18 wins and 4 losses, and won the video among the American League (AL), and came out on the free agent market again. Known as a billionaire, the owner of the Cohen Mets reached out to him to win the championship, and at the age of 40, he signed a massive two-year, $86 million contract. The annual average of 43.33 million dollars (56.3 billion won), including his sexual options, is the highest ever in MLB along with his colleague Scherzer.

Returning from elbow ligament surgery, Verlander, who made a splendid comeback last year by winning the American League (AL) Cy Young Award with the Houston Astros, wore the Mets uniform as a free agent. At the age of 40, he signed a two-year, $86 million contract. The annual average of $43.33 million was the highest treatment ever in the major leagues, along with pitcher Max Scherzer of the same Mets. 

Verlander also did not participate in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) and built up his body in order to achieve results suitable for the highest annual salary. In the demonstration game, he appeared in 5 games (21 innings) and recorded 2 wins, 1 loss, 3.00 ERA, 22 strikeouts, and finished preparations for the regular season, but eventually joined the opening entry due to injury.

The Mets, who struggle with injuries every year, laughed bitterly at the departure of the ace. Finisher Edwin Diaz, who became the first bullpen pitcher ever to surpass $100 million in total, was out for the season due to a patellar tendon tear during a victory ceremony at the WBC. Jose Quintana, who was recruited to be appointed as a lower starting pitcher, is likely to leave the first half due to a rib stress fracture. 안전놀이터

Of course, according to the current club announcement, it is not serious. Even from the Mets’ point of view, it is enough to throw healthy only in the postseason as they took risks. Last year, Scherzer also pitched in only 23 games during the regular season due to an injury. However, in the case of Scherzer, the postseason was sluggish, and he contributed to the team’s wild card hit.

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