At the start of the offseason, it appeared inevitable that the Mets would move one of their starting pitchers. Using their surplus as part of a blockbuster deal for a shortstop was always a possibility, but most of the talk centered around Dillon Gee and Bartolo Colon and Jon Niese to a lesser degree. However, a satisfactory deal failed to materialize and it now sounds like the Mets could go into the season with all of them:
As of now, Gee appears to be the odd man out for a rotation spot, with Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler, Jon Niese, and Bartolo Colon in front of him. And don’t forget, they have Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, and even Steven Matz close to the majors. The Mets could still find a trade partner for Gee if some team suffers an injury in the spring, so we shouldn’t get too far ahead of ourselves here. And heck, they might have an injury in their own rotation. Barring any of those outcomes though, Gee will be a $5.3 million reliever this season.
Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.
The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.
“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.
He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.
“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”
Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.
“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.
“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”