Verlander following trade to Astros: ‘Haven’t really come to terms with it’

Verlander following trade to Astros: 'Haven't really come to terms with it'

Justin Verlander is pretty familiar with his surroundings, but being traded by the New York Mets to his old team, the Houston Astros, still caught him off-guard.

“I haven’t really come to terms with it. I don’t think anybody saw this coming,” the veteran pitcher said during a press conference on Thursday, according to SNY Mets.

The 40-year-old hurler was traded to the Astros on Tuesday after signing a two-year, $86.6-million deal with the Mets before the season began.

His signing by the Big Apple squad was part of an all-in approach by the Mets’ front office and deep-pocketed owner Steve Cohen that failed to meet expectations despite a massive payroll that led MLB.

The Mets traded Verlander, Max Scherzer, and a number of other players, but still expect to be competitive in 2024.

Justin Verlander was asked about Billy Eppler and Steve Cohen saying the Mets will be “highly competitive” in 2024:

“If I was looking at it through their lens, Edwin Díaz coming back and the same core, I don’t see why they wouldn’t think that they would be competitive” pic.twitter.com/F2P5B36bu2

— SNY Mets (@SNY_Mets) August 3, 2023

Verlander spent parts of five seasons with the Astros from 2017-2022, winning two World Series and two of his three Cy Young Awards with the team. He admitted Houston was his first choice for a landing spot after he realized the Mets were going in a different direction, according to KHOU-TV’s Matt Musil.

His tenure in New York was short, but Verlander had nothing but good things to say about the organization after being traded.

“I have nothing but the utmost respect for their organization and how they treat their players. A+ from top to bottom,” Verlander said. “Anybody that would ask me about that organization if they had a decision to make, I would recommend their organization.”

Verlander is expected to make his season debut with the Astros on Saturday, manager Dusty Baker said, according to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart.

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