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When the Mets paired Justin Verlander with Max Scherzer last off-season, it seemed almost too perfect. In Scherzer, they had one right-hander with three Cy Young Awards and a $43.3 million annual salary. In Verlander — who had just won his second World Series title with the Houston Astros — they had another.

But the vision of two aces destined for the Hall of Fame leading the Mets deep into October never materialized. With the Mets an afterthought in the pennant race, both pitchers have been tossed overboard from the luxury cruise liner that is sinking in Flushing Bay.

Ahead of Major League Baseball trading deadline on Tuesday, the Mets dealt Verlander to his former team, the Astros, for the outfield prospects Drew Gilbert and Ryan Clifford. The move followed Saturday’s trade of Scherzer to the Texas Rangers for the shortstop prospect Luisangel Acuña.

In between those seismic transactions, Verlander earned his 250th career victory, just six of which came with the Mets. He was 6-5 with a 3.15 E.R.A. for the Mets, who signed him last December for two years and $86.6 million, plus a $35 million vesting option for 2025.

That is an enormous commitment for a pitcher who turned 40 in February, but Steven A. Cohen, the Mets’ aggressive owner, was eager to spend whatever it took in pursuit of the franchise’s first championship since 1986. With the Mets distant in the wild-card race — they reached August with a 50-55 record — Cohen has treated the Scherzer and Verlander deals mostly as sunken costs, including significant cash in the trades to secure better prospects.

The Mets sent $35.5 million to the Rangers to help cover Scherzer’s contract, which will run through next season after he exercised his player option as a condition of the trade. The Mets also included another $35 million to the Astros in the Verlander move, and if Verlander secures the 2025 option — which triggers if he pitches 140 innings in 2024 and finishes the season healthy — the Mets will pay for half of that, too, according to the New York Post.


Verlander won the World Series with the Astros last season, and also won his third Cy Young Award.Credit…Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

In effect, then, the Mets are paying more than $70 million to swap two aces who could help them in 2024 for three prospects who could help for many more seasons.

Acuña, 21, is the younger brother of Ronald Acuña Jr., the Atlanta Braves’ superstar right fielder. He is hitting .315 with 42 stolen bases in Class AA this season and is still growing into his power, with seven home runs in 84 games.

Gilbert, 22, was the Astros’ first-round pick in 2022 from the University of Tennessee. He is hitting .274 with an .821 on-base plus slugging percentage between high Class A and Class AA this season. Clifford, 20, has hit .291 with a .919 O.P.S. at two Class A levels.

Before the deals, the Mets had three players on’s list of the sport’s top 100 prospects. Now they have five, with Acuña ranked 44th and Gilbert 68th. The others are catcher Kevin Parada (No. 39), shortstop Ronny Mauricio (No. 56) and shortstop Jett Williams (No. 79).

The Mets — who also traded closer David Robertson to Miami, outfielder Mark Canha to Milwaukee, outfielder Tommy Pham to Arizona and reliever Dominic Leone to the Los Angeles Angels — now face the question of who, exactly, will fill out their rotation.

Scherzer and Verlander were not especially dominant, but they were generally very good, combining to go 15-9 with a 3.61 E.R.A. in 35 starts this season. Kodai Senga has been excellent in his first M.L.B. season after coming over from Japan. But José Quintana was injured for the first half of the season and had made only two starts through Monday, and none of the team’s other starters have been close to league average.

Tyler Kepner has been national baseball writer since 2010. He joined The Times in 2000 and covered the Mets for two seasons, then covered the Yankees from 2002 to 2009. More about Tyler Kepner


By: Tyler Kepner
Title: Mets Continue to Deal, Sending Justin Verlander Back to Astros
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Deontay Wilder Net Worth: Career Earnings, Biggest Fight Purse & Endorsement Deals Of ‘The Bronze Bomber’

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Deontay Wilder Net Worth: Career Earnings, Biggest Fight Purse & Endorsement Deals Of ‘The Bronze Bomber’ – originally posted on

Here is everything you need to know about the single hardest puncher in boxing and the former world heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder. This includes his net worth, career earnings and endorsement deals.

Deontay Wilder Net Worth

Deontay Wilder has been a professional boxer since his debut back in November 2008. He has been boxing consistently for over 15 years straight now in the pro ranks, earning more and more money as his career has progressed up to world level.

The 1985-born boxing superstar is one of the most fearsome punchers the sport of boxing has ever seen. Deontay Wilder’s boxing record consists of 43 wins – 42 of which have come via knockout. The only man to go the distance with ‘The Bronze Bomber’ was Bermane Stiverne, who Wilder then knocked out in a round in their rematch.

As of December 2023, it is reported that Deontay Wilder’s net worth is somewhere in the region of $30 million (source: Celebrity Net Worth).

Of course, given the fact the Alabama man is supremely wealthy, he likes his fair share of luxury items too. Wilder has acquired real estate, expensive jewelry, flashy cars and various other assets that have contributed to his riches.

Wilder reportedly has eight kids in total from various relationships, including one with his current girlfriend Telli Swift. Evidently a fair amount of Wilder’s earnings in the ring is used on providing for his big family and loved ones. Be sure to see Deontay Wilder’s net worth continue to grow for the remainder of his career, as long as that lasts.

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Deontay Wilder Career Earnings

After 46 professional boxing fights, Deontay Wilder’s biggest fight purse is reported to have been around $28 million (source: Forbes). This was reportedly how much ‘The Bronze Bomber’ earned for his rematch bout with Tyson Fury back in February 2020.

Wilder went into the fight as the marginal favorite with the best offshore sportsbooks, given that he was still the reigning champion following his draw with Fury 14 months prior. Despite getting conclusively knocked out in Round 7 of the fight, this still remains the biggest purse of Wilder’s career to date.

Deontay Wilder has reportedly earned a total sum of around $95 million in his professional boxing career from his debut up to now. This is right up there with the likes of heavyweight rivals Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, and is more than the likes of Ryan Garcia, Gervonta Davis and Terence Crawford.

The 2008 Beijing Olympic Bronze Medallist has been earnings even figure purses ever since he became world heavyweight champion back in January 2015. Of his last 10 fights, just one has been less than seven figures (Washington – $900k). In fact, Wilder has earned around $80 million just from his last five fights.

See the full table below for a detailed breakdown of the purses Deontay Wilder has received for his last 10 fights. All in all, it is fair to say that the 38-year-old isn’t short of a dollar or two. His net worth, salary and fight purses will continue to rise as his career rolls on at world level.

Deontay Wilder Fight Purses (Last 10):

Fight Fight Purse
Deontay Wilder vs Robert Helenius $10 million
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 3 $12 million
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 2 $28 million
Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz 2 $20 million
Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale $10 million
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury $10 million
Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz $2 million
Deontay Wilder vs Bermane Stiverne 2 $1.4 million
Deontay Wilder vs Gerald Washington $900,000
Deontay Wilder vs Chris Arreola $1.4 million

Deontay Wilder purse info per Sports Payouts & Sporting News

Deontay Wilder Endorsements & Sponsorship

Although the vast majority of Deontay Wilder’s earnings comes from prize fighting, he also earns an extremely lucrative sum of money outside of the ring. These vast endorsement deals from outside of the ring are a big player in boosting Wilder’s net worth and salary.

The 1985-born boxing phenom’s biggest endorsement deal as of today is his partnership with Everlast. Wilder has shown great loyalty to Everlast for several years during his boxing career, and still sports their boxing gear to this day. He also regularly uses Everlast boxing gloves in the ring for his world title fights, as well as during training camps.

Some of Deontay Wilder’s other endorsements include his partnerships with PureKana CBD, Raising Cane’s and IHC Crypto. There is not much else known about Wilder’s endorsements and sponsors outside of his career as a boxer.

All in all, Deontay Wilder’s various sponsorships certainly help boost his net worth. Per Forbes, he reportedly earns an estimated $500,000 per annum through endorsements. Ultimately though it is punching people in the face for a living that pays ‘The Bronze Bomber’ the most money.

Be sure to claim the various sports betting apps bonuses and boxing free bets available on the SportsLens site ahead of Deontay Wilder’s next fight.

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Title: Deontay Wilder Net Worth: Career Earnings, Biggest Fight Purse & Endorsement Deals Of ‘The Bronze Bomber’
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