SAN DIEGO — Three days after saying goodbye to Jacob deGrom, the Mets are saying hello to Justin Verlander.
The club and Verlander, the 2022 American League Cy Young Award winner, reached agreement on a two-year deal price $86 million Monday, in line with an individual with knowledge of the deal who was not authorized to debate it publicly.
The Mets needed to switch an ace, and Verlander, 39, wanted an enormous stage on which to win.
The deal pairs Verlander, a three-time Cy Young winner, with Max Scherzer, also a three-time winner of the award, atop a contending rotation. The 2 were teammates in Detroit from 2011 to 2014, during which era they helped the Tigers to 3 consecutive American League Championship Series (2011 to 2013) and one World Series (2012).
In Latest York, they may try and do what they may not in Detroit: win a World Series.
In his first full season back from Tommy John surgery in 2022, Verlander was 18-4 with a 1.75 E.R.A. and helped pitch Houston to a World Series title.
The Mets’ take care of Verlander, who turns 40 on Feb. 20, includes an option for 2025.