After an ambitious start to the season, the New York Mets could be looking to trade ace Justin Verlander, 40.
MLB.com, the official site of Major League Baseball, reported on Wednesday (Aug. 23), “Several teams are keeping an eye on the possibility of trading Verlander. Will the Mets trade him before the trade deadline?” and speculated that Verlander could be traded.
The Mets have invested heavily since billionaire Steve Cohen became owner. Last season, they signed Scherzer to a three-year, $130 million deal, and this offseason, they added Justin Verlander to a two-year, $86 million deal to form a one-two punch.
Add to that Edwin Diaz (five years, $120 million), Senga Kodai (five years, $75 million), Brandon Nimmo (eight years, $162 million), Jeff McNeil (four years, $50 million), Jose Quintana (two years, $26 million), and David Robertson (one year, $10 million), Adam Ottavino (two years, $14.5 million), and Omar Narvaez (two years, $15 million), the team spent a whopping $540.5 million to re-sign existing players and add new ones in an attempt to win the World Series.
But so far, the results have been less than satisfactory. The Mets are 45-51, in fourth place in the National League East, 18 games out of first place Atlanta (63-33) and 6.5 games out of the third wild card spot, Philadelphia (52-45).
MLB.com reports, “It’s unclear at this point. But reporter John Paul Morosi said multiple teams are interested in the three-time American League Cy Young Award-winning ace as a potential trade candidate.”
“San Francisco has been analyzing Verlander as a trade candidate,” Morosi said. If he waives his no-trade clause, the Giants could attempt to trade him,” Morrissey wrote, naming specific suitors.
MLB.com notes that “Verlander retains his no-trade clause, so he can kill any deal if he wants to. Verlander struggled through his first nine starts with a 4.50 ERA, but has been much more effective over the past month. In his last five starts, he has a 1.18 ERA and a .524 OPS.
After this season, Verlander is due $43.3 million next year with a $35 million mutual option for 2025 if he pitches 140 or more innings.” Verlander is 4-5 with a 3.47 ERA in 14 games (83 innings) this season 메이저놀이터.
If the Mets were to trade Verlander, it would mean giving up his entire season. According to MLB.com, “Sitting 6.5 games out of the National League wild card, the Mets are not yet sure if they want to be sellers on the trade market. Moving Verlander would signal a sharp pivot by the Mets toward selling players,” explains trade market watchers.