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Mets reach agreement with Verlander, Trea Turner joining Phillies: reports

The New York Mets reportedly bolstered their pitching staff in a big way Monday, coming to terms with three-time Cy Young winner Justin Verlander on a two-year contract, while Philadelphia apparently has signed shortstop Trea Turner for 11 years.

Clayton Kershaw said to be staying with Dodgers for 1 year, $20 million US

Veteran major league pitcher Justin Verlander will not return to the World Series champion Astros next season after striking a two-year deal worth $86 million US with the Mets, according to several media outlets. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Justin Verlander agreed to a two-year, $86.7-million US contract with the New York Mets on Monday, reuniting the American Cy Young Award winner with Max Scherzer and giving the Mets a high-profile replacement for Jacob deGrom.

The contract is worth $43,333,333 per season and includes a vesting player option for 2025 at $35 million, according to a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because there was no immediate announcement.

Verlander leaves World Series champion Houston to step in for deGrom, who left New York after nine seasons when he agreed to a five-year deal worth $185 million with Texas last week. It also puts Verlander on the same team as Scherzer after they played together with the Detroit Tigers from 2010-14.

Verlander's storied career was in question after he had Tommy John surgery in 2020. But he made an impressive return this season, becoming the 11th player to win the Cy Young Award at least three times.

The 39-year-old Verlander went 18-4 with a major league-low 1.75 earned-run average in 28 starts for the Astros. The right-hander also got his first career World Series win in Game 5 as Houston beat Philadelphia in six games.

Verlander declined a $25 million option five days after helping the Astros to the franchise's second championship, making him a free agent.

He is 244-133 with a 3.24 ERA and 3,198 strikeouts in 17 seasons. He also won the 2019 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 34 starts.

Scherzer went 11-5 in his first season with the Mets, helping the club win 101 games. New York lost in the National League wild-card series in three games to the San Diego Padres.

Turner reunited with Bryce Harper

The Philadelphia Phillies landed Trea Turner on Monday, agreeing to an 11-year, $300-million US contract with the dynamic shortstop.

The deal includes a no-trade clause, according to a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there was no immediate announcement.

Turner joins a Philadelphia team that made it to the World Series this year before losing to the Houston Astros. He also reunites with slugger Bryce Harper after the two played together with the Washington Nationals from 2015-18.

Turner was terrific in his first full season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, batting .298 with 21 homers and a career-high 100 RBIs for the 2022 National League West champions. He also swiped 27 bases and scored 101 runs.

The free agent market for the talented Turner likely was enhanced by bigger bases and restrictions on defensive positioning coming to the game next year — two changes that make Turner's athleticism and defensive versatility even more valuable than before.

He turned down a $19.65 million qualifying offer from the Dodgers in November, joining a stellar group of free agent shortstops that also included Carlos Correa, Xander Bogaerts and Dansby Swanson.

Turner, 29, and ace right-hander Max Scherzer were traded to the Dodgers in a multiplayer deal at the 2021 trade deadline. Turner hit .338 with 10 homers and 11 steals down the stretch, and Los Angeles made it to the NL Championship Series before being eliminated by Atlanta.

Dodgers keep Kershaw on 1-year deal

Clayton Kershaw will pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2023 after re-signing for one year and $20 million US.

For the second straight year, the Dodgers didn't extend a qualifying offer to the three-time Cy Young Award winner. Instead, they gave him additional time to mull his future, and he once again decided to stay with the only franchise he's ever played for during his 15-year major league career.

The 34-year-old left-hander was 12-3 with 2.28 earned-run average in 22 starts last season. He struck out 137 and walked 23. Kershaw made his ninth all-star team and started the Midsummer Classic for the first time in his career at Dodger Stadium.

Last April, he became the franchise's all-time strikeout leader with 2,697. He reached 2,800 strikeouts in his last start of the regular season on Oct. 5 against Colorado. Kershaw ranks 24th all-time with 2,807.

Kershaw has a career record of 197-87 with a 2.48 ERA. He won his only World Series title in 2020, when the Dodgers beat Tampa Bay during the pandemic-shortened season.

Yankees GM Cashman gets 4-year deal

Brian Cashman has signed a four-year contract to remain the New York Yankees senior vice-president and general manager. The announcement was made Monday during the first day of baseball's winter meetings in San Diego.

Cashman, New York's GM since 1998, had been working on a handshake agreement since early November, when his five-year contract expired.

The Yankees were swept by four games in the AL Championship Series and haven't reached the World Series since winning in 2009. It is the franchise's longest title drought since an 18-year gap between 1978-96.

Cashman's main goal during the off-season is trying to re-sign AL MVP Aaron Judge.

Judge hit an American League-record 62 homers this season with a .311 batting average and 131 runs batted in. He turned down the Yankees' offer on the eve of opening day of a seven

With files from Field Level Media

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