According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, Justin Verlander will sign a two-year, $86 million contract with the New York Mets.

The 39-year-old Verlander will lead the New York rotation opposite Max Scherzer, a former teammate on the Detroit Tigers. 

Verlander will be 40 years old while Scherzer will be in his 39th season of pitching. A third-year vesting option is also included of the agreement.

The 2022 American League Cy Young Award winner pitched for the Houston Astros for four seasons, going 18-4 with a 1.75 ERA.

Verlander pitched 10 innings in two postseason starts against the Phillies, giving up six earned runs.

Before starting Game 5 of the World Series in Philadelphia, Verlander hadn't played at Citizens Bank Park since 2007.

The Phillies will likely see a lot more of Verlander than they did in the first 17 years of his Hall of Fame career, 

even though the Mets will only play four series against them as opposed to six as part of the new balanced schedule in 2019.

The Mets were anticipated to switch gears and focus on Justin Verlander or Carlos Rodón after losing out to the Texas Rangers for Jacob deGrom.

While the Mets rotation is undoubtedly loaded with talent, it's unwise to count on Verlander and Scherzer to pitch 350–400 innings each.