According to Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com on Twitter, the asking price for starting pitching is very high right now, and it may dissuade the Mets from making a trade before Monday’s deadline, instead choosing to rely on internal options such as Logan Verrett and Zack Wheeler.
Verrett, pictured above, has had mixed success this year as a spot starter, but has been more efficient his last three outings, allowing seven runs in 18.1 innings. Cumulatively this season, Verrett has a 3-6 record with a 4.12 ERA in 27 games (9 started).
As for Zack Wheeler, the young righty has yet to begin a rehab assignment, but is aiming for a late August return, but it seems to be very up in the air at this point. Wheeler hasn’t pitched in a big league game since the end of the 2014 season.
Another option the Mets could consider should they choose not to make a trade is prospect Gabriel Ynoa, who is 9-4 with a 4.52 ERA in 21 games started at Triple-A Las Vegas this season. Ynoa is currently ranked as the #20 prospect in the Mets system according to MLB.com.
A lot can happen between now and Monday at 4:00 PM, but as it currently stands, the starting pitching market is rather thin and team’s are asking for a lot in exchange for their starters. Just look at what the Marlins had to give up for Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea earlier today.