Justin Verlander pitched for the Detroit Tigers from 2005 to 2017, when he was traded to the Houston Astros.
Max Scherzer made his MLB debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks, but landed on the Tigers in 2010 and was there until 2014, when he departed for the Washington Nationals.
What does this mean?
Scherzer and Verlander were teammates for five seasons, from 2010 to 2014.
Now, they are reuniting on the 2023 (and 2024) New York Mets after they signed Verlander to a two-year deal worth $86 million with a vesting option for a third year.
The Mets, as you might remember, signed Scherzer to a three-year, $130 million pact last offseason, right before the lockout.
Reunited, and it feels so good!
“Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer were All-Stars at Citi Field as Tigers teammates in 2013. 10 years later, they’re back,” Mets insider Jacob Resnick tweeted.
Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer were All-Stars at Citi Field as Tigers teammates in 2013.
10 years later, they're back. pic.twitter.com/IidacrhsKT
— Jacob Resnick (@Jacob_Resnick) December 5, 2022
Scherzer And Verlander Will Lead The Mets Rotation
Resnick is bringing us a memory from the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field where Verlander and Scherzer were part of the American League team while on the Tigers.
Both were in their prime back then: actually, that was a year after they helped take the Tigers to the World Series but lost to the San Francisco Giants.
The two of them are friends and will share a dugout and clubhouse again after nine years.
Both of them are expected to lead the Mets’ rotation next year as they try to fend off the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies for the NL East title.
Scherzer had a 2.29 ERA in 2022 and Verlander won the Cy Young in the AL with a 1.75 mark; so yes: they remain very, very good even though they are 38 and 39, respectively.