By Gem Tablak
The Orioles have re-acquired Mets RHP Logan Verrett in exchange for cash. The O’s selected Logan Verrett in the Rule 5 draft a couple of years back so Verrett is not a stranger to the Orioles organization.
Verrett pitched 91 2/3’s innings with a 5.20 ERA in 2015 & is expected to take over the swingman role with the O’s, coming out of the pen with the occasional spot start.
This could lead to the Mets making a move to fortify the bullpen. Rumors are circulating that the team is looking for help in the pen from a cheaper veteran like Fernando Salas as opposed to 1 of the big 3 relievers on the FA market.
Corné’s cut: I get why the Orioles wanted to trade for Verrett. At low cost and just a year away from a very solid season in 2015. After Verrett was taken in the Rule 5 draft, he returned after the Rangers could not keep him in the 25 roster.
When he returned Verrett pitched in 14 games (38.2 innings) pitching to a 3.03 ERA and 0.88 WHIP for the Mets. Most famously the 8 innings in Coors Field in 2015.
However in 2016 Verrett season went differently. He pitched to a 5.20 ERA in 91.2 innings. Verrett struggled mainly as a starter with a 1-6 record and a 6.45 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP. As a reliever his ERA was a solid 2.84 but his WHIP was still pretty high at 1.45. Point off this all is that he could still be a usefull pitcher for an Orioles team but for the Mets he was dropped of the depth chart with the emerge of Lugo and Gsellman