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Here is the latest buzz and rumors surrounding Justin Verlander‘s free agency…

Nov. 21, 9:18 a.m.

The Mets spoke with Verlander last week via Zoom, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Verlander, who was recently unanimously named the American League Cy Young award winner, led the league in ERA (1.75), WHIP (0.829), ERA+ (220), and hits per nine (6.0) while striking out 185 batters in 175 innings over 28 starts in 2022 during what was his first season back after Tommy John surgery.

Verlander, who opted out of his contract with the Houston Astros after the World Series, will turn 40 years old on Feb. 20.

Astros owner Jim Crane told last week that he believes Verlander is seeking a deal similar to the three-year, $130 million contract Max Scherzer signed with the Mets last offseason, with Crane adding that he believes Verlander will test the market.

Nov. 15, 10:56 a.m.

The Mets are considering whether to pursue Verlander, reports SNY’s Andy Martino, who adds that the idea of signing Verlander to a high average annual value contract “has been floating around the Mets front office for months.”

The possible pursuit of Verlander comes among the backdrop of Jacob deGrom‘s free agency, with the Mets viewing the Texas Rangers as serious suitors, per Martino.

Martino adds that the Mets remain engaged with deGrom’s camp.

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