Two-time World Series champion Justin Verlander returned to the Houston Astros on Tuesday, as the 40-year-old righthander being moved by the New York Mets at Tuesday's Major League Baseball trade deadline.

Astros minor-league outfielders Drew Gilbert and Ryan Clifford went to the Mets in exchange for Verlander and $32 to $54 million toward Verlander's salary, depending on his performance this year and next.

Verlander pitched the Astros to titles in 2017 and last year and claimed American League Cy Young Awards as top pitcher in 2011, 2019 and last year before signing with the Mets last December.