Quintana, who turns 34 in January, can be a steal at two years and $26 million if he pitches as he did last season, when he had a 2.93 E.R.A. in 32 starts for Pittsburgh and St. Louis.
With a mechanical adjustment that sharpened his sinker, Quintana allowed only eight home runs; his ratio of 0.4 per nine innings was the most effective in Major League Baseball. He made his debut in 2012 and has never reached the World Series, and figured the Mets would give him a superb likelihood.
“It’s a very exciting time,” Quintana said. “I believe everybody’s talking about us, and that’s effective. We showed something — we would like to win. Like David says, I’m not going to be younger anymore, so it’s time to win. That is the proper fit, the proper team. We’ve all the pieces in here to point out that.”
Robertson, who will probably be 38 in April, won the World Series with the 2009 Yankees and returned with the Phillies last fall, earning a save within the opener in Houston. Working without an agent, he knew where to buy himself on the open market.
“Sometimes you’ve gotten to place out slightly bit more cash to get the players that you just want, that you’re thinking that are going to slot in, and get the precise staff in command of that organization,” said Robertson, who got a one-year deal for $10 million. “I believe it just shows quite a bit about our owner — he’s committed to it.”
The Mets’ owner, Steven A. Cohen, has authorized a record payroll of roughly $350 million for 2023, plus about $80 million in luxury-tax penalties. The deals for Verlander, Quintana, Robertson, Senga (five years, $75 million), closer Edwin Díaz (five years, $102 million) and outfielder Brandon Nimmo (eight years, $162 million) add as much as a $461.66 million spending spree.
“A number of the heavy lifting is completed,” Eppler said, “nevertheless it doesn’t stop us from being opportunistic.”