Justin Verlander

Is Justin Verlander the next to go? Mets could trade another starting pitcher

Even after trading Max Scherzer to Texas, the New York Mets could continue to sell. Plenty of teams have expressed interest in Justin Verlander and he could be the next arm making his exit from Queens. Verlander was reportedly a target for the Giants, but those rumors appear to have gone by the wayside.

A reunion with Houston was rumored to be on the table, but it is now considered unlikely. A more realistic landing spot appears to be in Los Angeles with the Dodgers. Verlander would certainly be a big-time pitcher for a contender that is still looking to add to their rotation. The Dodgers will be able to make things work out from a prospect and financial aspect. This would be appealing to the Mets should an acceptable offer be on the table. But as far as Verlander being on the move is concerned, he would have to waive his no-trade clause as Sherzer did Saturday.

Going down this route is a wise move for the Mets. The 2023 season has been a failure and looking to regroup for next season is the correct course of action. New York is clearly in sell mode and getting something in return for Justin Verlander is the right move. It is a tough pill to swallow for Steven Cohen, but selling rather than throwing more money at the current version of the Mets is a tough, but wise decision. Getting younger in the rotation after moving two players on the back end of their careers should help from a long-term perspective and that should be very appealing to the decision-makers in the Mets’ front office.

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