Justin Verlander on Red Sox Rival Radar
One way or another, there seems to be a real possibility that Justin Verlander will take his talents to New York this Major League Baseball offseason.
Verlander held a Zoom meeting with the Mets last week, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic an “outstanding possibility” of a landing spot for the star righty if Jacob deGrom leaves Queens. But as the longtime MLB insider explained in a column published Sunday, the Mets aren’t the only big-market ballclub interested in Verlander.
The World Series champion Astros reportedly want the 2022 AL Cy Young Award winner back in Houston and the Los Angeles Dodgers are a legitimate contender to earn their services as well. Another Verlander suitor reported they are the New York Yankeeswho see the future Hall of Famer “as an attractive short-term, high-dollar investment.”
The Yankees might be a more realistic Verlander sweepstakes winner than the Mets across town. As Rosenthal noted, Steve Cohen and company might be “reluctant” to give the three-time AL Cy Young Award winner the contract he reportedly wants considering they gave another aging starter, Max Scherzer, 38, a virtually identical deal to the last one. out of season Mounting reports also indicate that re-signing deGrom is the Mets’ top priority this winter.
The Bronx Bombers actually need a starter like Verlander, who would be more of a luxury for teams like the Astros and Dodgers. Not to mention, pairing Verlander with Gerrit Cole could help the Yankees fulfill their primary offseason goal: keeping Aaron Judge in stripes.
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