Right-handed pitcher Logan Verrett isn’t traveling too far from Flushing in his next chapter as a professional. On Wednesday, the 26-year-old learned that the New York Mets would be shipping to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for cash considerations, according to the latter club.
Our own Jon Heyman is reporting that the cash cache will be $50,000 in return for New York.
Verrett encountered a disastrous second season with the Mets in 2016. He appeared in 35 games – 12 of which he started – and was shelled for 100 hits and 16 home runs across 91.2 innings, which resulted in a 5.20 ERA to go along with his 3-8 record. His underwhelming stat line came only one season after he produced a 1-1 record and 3.03 ERA in his first campaign with the Mets.
Verrett was the initial replacement for Mets’ starting pitcher Matt Harvey, who was ruled out for the season after deciding to undergo shoulder surgery to treat thoracic outlet syndrome, and at times just looked like someone trying to cover a bullet hole with a Band-Aid.
It took surrendering six runs on eight hits over the span of 2.2 innings in a single outing for manager Terry Collins to demote Verrett to Triple-A Las Vegas in favor of left-handed hurler Jon Niese. The Mets’ starting rotation was decimated by injuries throughout the season in 2016 while club will now push forward without the likes of Verrett under their control due to his recent struggles.
New York has been keeping occupied through the offseason and made the biggest splash thus far into the downtime cycle on Tuesday. The team notably locked up Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes with a four-year deal worth a whopping $110 million.