Verlander: Cohen persuaded him Mets are building a winner


              With the help of New York Mets baseball team general manager Billy Eppler, right, pitcher Justin Verlander puts on his new jersey during a news conference at Citi Field, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in New York. The team introduced Verlander after they agreed to a $86.7 million, two-year contract. It's part of an offseason spending spree in which the Mets have committed $476.7 million on seven free agents. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              New York Mets baseball pitcher Justin Verlander puts on his new jersey during a news conference at Citi Field, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in New York. The team introduced Verlander after they agreed to a $86.7 million, two-year contract. It's part of an offseason spending spree in which the Mets have committed $476.7 million on seven free agents. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              Kate Upton, and her daughter Genevieve, watch as her husband Justin Verlander participates in a news conference at Citi Field, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in New York. The team introduced Verlander at a news conference after they agreed to a $86.7 million, two-year contract. It's part of an offseason spending spree in which the Mets have committed $476.7 million on seven free agents. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              Kate Upton, and her daughter Genevieve, watch as her husband Justin Verlander participates in a baseball news conference at Citi Field, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in New York. The team introduced Verlander at a news conference after they agreed to a $86.7 million, two-year contract. It's part of an offseason spending spree in which the Mets have committed $476.7 million on seven free agents. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              New York Mets baseball pitcher Justin Verlander attends a news conference at Citi Field, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in New York. The team introduced Verlander after they agreed to a $86.7 million, two-year contract. It's part of an offseason spending spree in which the Mets have committed $476.7 million on seven free agents. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              Kate Upton, and her daughter Genevieve, watch as her husband Justin Verlander participates in a baseball news conference at Citi Field, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in New York. The team introduced Verlander at a news conference after they agreed to a $86.7 million, two-year contract. It's part of an offseason spending spree in which the Mets have committed $476.7 million on seven free agents. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              New York Mets general manager Billy Eppler, right, speaks while pitcher Justin Verlander looks on during a baseball news conference at Citi Field, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in New York. The team introduced Verlander after they agreed to a $86.7 million, two-year contract. It's part of an offseason spending spree in which the Mets have committed $476.7 million on seven free agents. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              New York Mets' pitcher Justin Verlander speaks during a baseball news conference at Citi Field, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in New York. The team introduced Verlander after they agreed to a $86.7 million, two-year contract. It's part of an offseason spending spree in which the Mets have committed $476.7 million on seven free agents. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              New York Mets baseball pitcher Justin Verlander attends a news conference at Citi Field, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in New York. The team introduced Verlander after they agreed to a $86.7 million, two-year contract. It's part of an offseason spending spree in which the Mets have committed $476.7 million on seven free agents. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
            
              New York Mets baseball pitcher Justin Verlander talks with reporters at a news conference at Citi Field, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in New York. The team introduced Verlander after they agreed to a $86.7 million, two-year contract. It's part of an offseason spending spree in which the Mets have committed $476.7 million on seven free agents. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Verlander: Cohen persuaded him Mets are building a winner