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Could Justin Verlander be traded to Dodgers?

Justin Verlander in a Mets uniform

Mar 15, 2023; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) throws pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Verlander’s future with the New York Mets remains uncertain as the 2023 MLB trade deadline draws closer.

The Mets have already moved on from one former Cy Young award winner after trading away Max Scherzer to the Texas Rangers. The question becomes whether or not they also plan to trade their other ace in Verlander.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been rumored as a possible destination for the former MVP. The “buzz” around a potential Verlander-Dodgers union is said to be growing louder amongst scouts, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Mets general manager Billy Eppler has stated that the team is not rebuilding despite trading away Scherzer. Instead, Eppler called it “repurposing” and “shifting the investment,” which Rosenthal hints may not be enough to put Verlander at ease.

Verlander spoke to reporters on Sunday. The right-hander thanked the fans for a huge ovation he received during the Mets’ 5-2 win over the Nationals. He also sounded like a man bracing himself for anything that could happen before the August 1 trade deadline.

“I’d be remiss if I didn’t say thank you to [the fans]. That was a nice ovation. I don’t know what’s to come, but that I will always remember and appreciate,” Verlander said after picking up his 250th career victory.

The 9-time All-Star has also been linked to his former team, the Houston Astros. However, Astros GM Dana Brown has since asserted that the team is not in the market for a starting pitcher.

Verlander signed a 2-year, $86.7 million pact with the Mets last offseason. Like Scherzer, Verlander also possesses a no-trade clause and can decide where he ultimately ends up. Whether the Mets decide to trade him and whether he approves such a deal remains to be seen.

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