In the run-up to the August 1st trade deadline, the San Francisco Giants have emerged as one of the teams closely “evaluating” New York Mets right-hander Justin Verlander, as reported by MLB Network’s Jon Morosi.
While Verlander’s potential move remains uncertain, the Giants are keeping a watchful eye on the situation, given their need to bolster their rotation for the postseason push.
The Mets find themselves trailing 7.5 games behind in the wild card race, leaving fans and analysts speculating whether they would be open to parting ways with the veteran pitcher.
Verlander’s two-year, $86 million contract with the Mets, inked during the winter, includes full no-trade protection, leaving any potential trade negotiations with an extra obstacle.
Verlander’s stellar career, combined with his consistent performance this season, makes him an appealing prospect for the Giants. With several rotation members delivering lackluster results, the Giants are in dire need of a reliable starter who can make a significant impact down the stretch.
At 40 years old, Verlander has demonstrated remarkable durability, posting a respectable 3.47 ERA (119 ERA+) and an impressive 2.69 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 14 starts this season.
Though slightly below his usual standards, these figures prove that Verlander remains an above-average starter, and his addition to the Giants roster could elevate their postseason prospects.
Nevertheless, with Verlander’s no-trade clause, the Giants are fully aware that the decision ultimately rests with the veteran pitcher. If the right-hander is open to a potential trade, it could significantly alter the dynamics of the playoff race in the National League.
The Mets have been arguably the most disappointing team in all of baseball this season.
Have they dug themselves a deep enough hole where they should sell off aging stars such as Verlander and Max Scherzer?
Would Verlander make the Giants a legitimate World Series threat?