The Dodgers have been caught in the Verlander sweepstakes as they look for some much needed pitching help, but with deGrom now off the team the Mets have emerged as a potential destination. This gives the Dodgers a new obstacle to hurdle in more ways than not.
deGrom is six years younger than Verlander, but his bank breaking amount is something Verlander will want to keep an eye on. The Mets and Dodgers will have to battle it out of who can offer Verlander more per year despite not having to pay him over a five year period.
While Verlander remains on the radar, Giants pitcher Carlos Rodon is also a name to keep an eye on for the Mets. It’s not certain Rodon finds himself in the NL West again with the Dodgers, but the Mets have no issue with bringing him in (via SNY).
As SNY reported earlier, the pursuit of American League Cy Young winner Justin Verlander is now “front and center.” According to sources, the team will also circle back to agent Scott Boras about his client Carlos Rodon, with whom they spoke via Zoom this week. The Mets are determined to land one of those two aces.
— B/R Walk-Off (@BRWalkoff) December 3, 2022
The Dodgers need to control their fate and make a move for Verlander if they want to land a top pitcher this free agency. The Mets have a lot of power and can easily ruin any plans the Dodgers may have had.
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