The Baltimore Orioles have acquired pitcher Logan Verrett from the New York Mets in exchange for cash considerations. Verrett spent time between the rotation and the bullpen for the Mets last season.
Verrett, 26, spent the past two seasons with the New York Mets after being shuttled between many different teams. Verrett was a 3rd round pick of the Mets in the 2011 MLB Draft before being selected off waivers by the Orioles, then picked up on waivers by the Texas Rangers. After playing four games with the Rangers, he was returned to the Mets. Verrett now heads back to the team that attempted to acquire him two seasons ago.
Verrett went 3-8 with a 5.20 ERA in 35 appearances (including 12 starts) with the Mets last season. However, Verrett was forced into the rotation due to injures on the staff and his numbers struggled. As a starter, Verrett went 1-6 with a 6.45 ERA in 12 starts, but was far more effective as a reliever, going 2-2 with a 2.84 ERA in 23 relief appearances. While Verrett struggled down the stretch with a lack of control, he also pitched a career high in innings (91.2) and was likely fatigued by the time September came.
Verrett could take a path similar to what Vance Worley took when he was acquired by Baltimore. Worley was flipped between the rotation and bullpen in Pittsburgh, but settled into a more full time bullpen role in Baltimore. Verrett could be an interesting long man or situational reliever in Baltimore, who will likely seek more relief help as free agency continues.null