New York Mets: 3 potential trade destinations for Justin Verlander

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 20: Pitcher Justin Verlander of the New York Mets talks to reporters during his introductory press conference at Citi Field on December 20, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 20: Pitcher Justin Verlander of the New York Mets talks to reporters during his introductory press conference at Citi Field on December 20, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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NL West, San Francisco Giants, Logan Webb
May 27, 2023; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; San Francisco Giants pitcher Logan Webb (62) pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning at American Family Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports /

San Francisco Giants could be a potential landing spot for Justin Verlander

As mentioned above, San Francisco is already kicking the tires on Verlander, and don’t be surprised to them push harder before August 1. They have struggled as of late and it hit rock bottom for Logan Webb Saturday night against the Washington Nationals.

After a quick first inning, the right-hander was only able to record one out in the second inning and allowed six runs on five hits, and threw just 51 pitches before manager Gabe Kapler had to pull him in a 10-1 loss. This season, Webb is 8-8 with a 3.48 ERA with 136 strikeouts in 134.1 innings. Without a doubt, it was rock bottom for the 26-year-old.

In the series opener Friday night in a 5-3 loss, Washington’s Jake Irvin outpitched Alex Wood, meaning San Francisco’s top two pitchers were beaten by a Nationals team in a rebuild. The rest of their rotation has just not had enough consistency to take them to the next level.

Not only starting help is needed, but the Giants could use an arm or two out of the bullpen and San Francisco is currently holding down a Wild Card spot, but if they have visions of October baseball, an arm or two is needed and Verlander would be a nice addition to the top of their rotation.