‘Scherzer followed by Verlander?” 250-win pitcher “asked general manager for trade news”
Amid reports that 210-win pitcher Max Scherzer (39) is headed to Texas from the New York Mets, another “legendary” Mets pitcher, Justin Verlander (40), is speaking out about his future.
In a recent interview with Sports Network New York (SNY), Verlander said, “Right now, I’m just focused on being a part of the Mets. That’s why I signed with this team, and I want to win for the Mets. It’s not going the way I planned, but I’m not signing a one-year deal, so there’s still a chance,” he said firmly.
An 18-year major league veteran, Verlander is not just an older player. He’s a three-time winner of the Cy Young Award, which honors the best pitcher in baseball. Last year, at age 39, he went 18-4 with a 1.75 ERA. He’s also a two-time World Series champion, including last year with Houston. We’d run out of space to list all of his awards. In his big league career, he has a 250-138 record, 3279 strikeouts, and a 3.24 ERA.
This season’s performance leaves a lot to be desired. Verlander is 6-5 with a 3.15 ERA in 16 starts this season, including a 5 1/3 inning win over the Nats on July 31. Those aren’t terrible numbers, but they don’t live up to his reputation.
In need of a winning pitcher, the Mets signed free agent Verlander to a two-year, $86.7 million contract last December. With the addition of Verlander, the Mets had one of the league’s best one-two punchers alongside established ace Scherzer, and many believed they had the mound to make a run at the title this season.
However, when the dust settled, it turned out differently.
The Mets spent $348.47 million in total payroll this season, ranking first out of all 30 major league clubs. However, their record is just 50-55 with a .476 winning percentage, good for fourth place out of five teams in the National League East.
They have a whopping 18 games in hand on first-place Atlanta. They’re also six games behind third-place Philadelphia. The team is also eighth in the National League Wild Card race, seven games behind the leaders. It’s safe to say that barring a major turnaround, the Reds won’t make the postseason this year.
The situation has led to reports in local U.S. media that the Mets could be sellers at the Major League Baseball trade deadline, which is set for next month on April 1. 토토사이트 It was reported that the Mets could sell Scherzer and Verlander, one of the league’s best one-two punchers, in order to win a championship. In fact, on the 30th, local media reported that the Mets had agreed to a trade with Texas in which they would receive infielder Luis Angel Acuña in exchange for Scherzer.
“I told our team president, Billy Eppler, to let me know if he had any news about (a trade),” said Verlander in an interview prior to the Scherzer trade reports, “but that hasn’t happened yet.”
Verlander will sign with the Mets