Trade Deadline Today As Mets Weigh Options On Potential Justin Verlander Deal
Will they or won’t they?
Today is the final day of the Major League Baseball Trade Deadline, and there is plenty of interest swirling around the New York Mets and Justin Verlander.
So far the Mets have dealt Mark Canha to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor league pitcher Justin Jarvis; shipped Max Scherzer to the Texas Rangers for minor leaguer Luisangel Acuna, and sent David Robertson down to Miami for two prospects, Verlander appears to be next.
New: Justin Verlander talks with multiple clubs picked up steam by end of day yesterday. Houston and at least one other team has made an offer. Significant interest from at least 2-3 other clubs.— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) August 1, 2023
SNY’s Andy Martino reported Tuesday that the LA Dodgers and Houston Astros have both been linked in trade talks with the Mets for the former Cy Young Award winner. There is also a mystery team involved: the Baltimore Orioles. According to Martino, the Orioles have eight of the top 100 prospects in baseball in their farm system. The Mets, who are desperately trying to replenish their own system might have a fit with the O’s.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network also believes the Atlanta Braves are also in the mix for Verlander.
Update on Justin Verlander:— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) August 1, 2023
Sources say the Astros, Dodgers, Braves, and Orioles are all involved.
The same four clubs are engaged on other rotation options; there likely will come a point today when Verlander suitors pivot and find their pitching elsewhere.@MLBNetwork @MLB
Of course, there is a lot of red tape. Namely, Verlander’s contract, which has a $35 million vesting option in 2025, coupled with the fact that Verlander has a full no-trade clause.
Verlander has been pitching extremely well of late. He pitched to a 1.69 ERA in 37.1 innings of work in the month of July alone. After starting the year on the wrong foot due to injury, Verlander has been solid for the Mets, even at the age of 40 years old.
When pressed by members of the media on Sunday, Verlander stressed that he would like to remain a Met, but if the team’s goal of winning has shifted he would be open to a deal.
"I'm committed to try and win a championship here, but if the organization decides that that's not the direction that's best fit for next year, I'd be open to it"— SNY (@SNYtv) July 30, 2023
- Justin Verlander on if he would waive his no-trade clause pic.twitter.com/X35MzmFOXb
General Manager also stated that the Mets are not rebuilding, and plan to be competitive in 2024.
Verlander has one year left on his contract at $43.3 million. Should the Mets deal him, they would likely have to pay down a large portion of that salary, which they did in the Max Scherzer and Mark Canha deals, respectively.