Mets set to shatter payroll records, soar to about $350M


              FILE - Philadelphia Phillies' David Robertson pitches during the team's baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco, Sept. 4, 2022. The active New York Mets took two more steps toward restocking their pitching staff Friday night, Dec. 9, finalizing contracts with free agents José Quintana and Robertson. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
            
              FILE - Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander speaks to media ahead of Game 1 of the baseball World Series between the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, in Houston. Justin Verlander agreed to an $86.7 million, two-year contract with the New York Mets on Monday, Dec. 5, 2022, reuniting the AL Cy Young Award winner with Max Scherzer and giving the Mets a high-profile replacement for Jacob deGrom. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
            
              FILE - Japan's starter Kodai Senga pitches against Israel during the first inning of a second-round game at the World Baseball Classic in Tokyo, March 15, 2017. Senga and the New York Mets have agreed to a $75 million, five-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person spoke on condition of anonymity early Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, because the deal was pending a physical. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)
            
              FILE - New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo bats during the second baseball game of the team's doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies, Aug. 20, 2022, in Philadelphia. Nimmo is staying with the free-spending Mets, agreeing to a $162 million, eight-year contract, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday night because the agreement is subject to a successful physical and no announcement had been made. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola, File)
            
              FILE - St. Louis Cardinals starter Jose Quintana pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, in Pittsburgh. The New York Mets and José Quintana agreed to a $26 million, two-year contract on Wednesday, Dec. 7, adding another veteran arm to the team's rotation. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
Mets set to shatter payroll records, soar to about $350M