Yankees, Mets are ‘potential suitors’ for Astros’ Justin Verlander

It’s Justin Verlander’s world and we just live in it.

The 39-year-old right-hander is back on the open market after helping the Houston Astros win the World Series and earn the 2022 American League Cy Young Award.

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According to Mark Vinsand of MLB.com, the three-time Cy Young Award winner’s potential suitors are the New York Yankees and New York Mets.

Vinsand said the Yankees could “turn” on Verlander if they lost Aaron Judge in free agency.

Vinsand also said Verlander could be a “short-term replacement” if the Mets watch Jacob DeGrom walk.

Other teams on Weinsand’s list of suitors for Verlander include the Astros, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Toronto Blue Jays.

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MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart reported last week that Astros owner Jim Crane said “Verlander is seeking a similar deal for Max Scherzer, who signed a three-year, $130 million contract with the Mets a year ago. Crane said he hopes the no-tax will perform.” Texas government revenue helped give the Astros an advantage.”

On Sunday, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported, “The Mets, dealing with several holes in their rotation, including the possible loss of right fielder Jacob DeGrom, spoke with Verlander by Zoom last week, according to major league sources.”

However, the line of Verlander bidders is growing, according to Rosenthal: “Verlander is clearly not just on the Mets’ radar. The World Series champion Astros want him back. The Dodgers and perhaps the Yankees are among the other clubs that see him as an attractive short-term, high-dollar investment.”

But on Tuesday, John Hyman of the New York Post He appeared on 670 The Score and pumped the brakes on the idea of ​​the Yankees signing Verlander. Per WFAN:

“The Americans tried him out for him last year, and they got word from some high-ranking political figure, that he would like to go to New York,” said Heyman, “They made him an offer, and they felt, the way he was handled, that he didn’t want to go to New York.” The Yankees are trying again with Verlander, but I don’t think they’re confident.”

This season, Verlander has won a league-best 18 games while hitting a career-high 1.75. era.

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Mike Rosenstein can be reached at mrosenstein@njadvancemedia.com.

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