Acquired by the Mets as a waiver pick up in 2015, Logan Verrett ultimately played a fairly large role for the club last season. He cracked the Opening Day roster in a bullpen capacity, but the 26-year-old ended up needing to make 12 spot starts throughout the season as the rotation dealt with a wave of injuries. Though Verrett provided valuable innings, he was hammered during his time as a starter, posting a 6.45 ERA and allowing 32 walks and a .916 OPS against in 60 innings. He was far more effective out of the bullpen, but even then, the righty struggled with command and keeping the ball in the yard. Statistically, he regressed in almost every meaningful category from his debut in 2015, but there could be some reason for optimism after wrapping up the season with a successful final month. Given his struggles as a starter, Verrett will likely be looked at strictly as a reliever in 2017, even after he was claimed off waivers by the Orioles during the offseason.
Verrett pitched two innings, allowing one run on three hits and two walks while striking out one in Monday's exhibition against the Phillies. Verrett replaced starter Kevin Gausman in the fifth inning and immediately gave up a home run to the first batter he faced. After allowing two more hits in the frame, Verrett escaped severe damage by inducing a double play. The right-hander got two quick outs in the sixth but walked a pair before finishing his day. Verrett is considered an option to replace Chris Tillman (shoulder) in the team's Opening Day rotation. However, he's struggling to keep up with his competition, as Verrett has allowed eight hits and three free passes over six Grapefruit League innings for an ugly 1.83 WHIP.
Verrett was traded to the Orioles on Wednesday in exchange for cash, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports. Verrett was picked by the Orioles in the 2015 Rule 5 draft, so they have history with him. He managed a 2.84 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 31.2 innings as a reliever, but posted a 6.45 ERA with 41 strikeouts in 60 innings as a starter with the Mets last year. The Mets obviously were not going to be using him as a starter in 2017, but the Orioles could wind up trying him in that role at some point, considering some of the mediocre options they have used in recent seasons. That said, even if he were to find his way into the rotation, he would be unappealing in the majority fantasy formats. If he ends up relieving, then he becomes even less interesting, as he would be used in middle relief.
Verrett's agents are attempting to get his option rescinded and instead require the Mets to place him on the major league disabled list, Adam Rubin of ESPN reports. Verrett has been feeling neck discomfort and his agents are claiming his recent issues -- 0-3 with a 7.18 ERA in seven starts since Matt Harvey was injured -- are due to a neck injury. The Mets had team doctors perform an MRI and they found nothing significant, but they have sent the results off for a second opinion. We'll have to wait and see what happens in this case, but either way, it sounds like Verrett won't be pitching in the Mets' big league rotation any time soon.
Verrett was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday, ESPN's Adam Rubin reports. He lost his spot in the big league rotation after getting hammered for eight runs over 2.2 innings Friday. Jon Niese moves into the rotation and Gabriel Ynoa was recalled to provide bullpen depth as a corresponding move. Verrett could be an option to slot back into the rotation down the road if Niese struggles.
Verrett gave up eight runs on six hits and three walks in 2.2 innings Friday against the Padres and will be replaced in the rotation by Jon Niese going forward, The Record's Matt Ehalt reports. Niese is coming back from a knee injury, but is expected to be ready to slot into the rotation Wednesday in Arizona. Verrett will either be optioned to Triple-A or moved to a long relief role out of the bullpen.