When the Mets paired Justin Verlander with Max Scherzer last off-season, it seemed almost too perfect. In Scherzer, they had one right-hander with three Cy Young Awards and a $43.3 million annual salary. In Verlander — who had just won his second World Series title with the Houston Astros — they had another.
But the vision of two aces destined for the Hall of Fame leading the Mets deep into October never materialized. With the Mets an afterthought in the pennant race, both pitchers have been tossed overboard from the luxury cruise liner that is sinking in Flushing Bay.
Ahead of Major League Baseball trading deadline on Tuesday, the Mets dealt Verlander to his former team, the Astros, for the outfield prospects Drew Gilbert and Ryan Clifford. The move followed Saturday’s trade of Scherzer to the Texas Rangers for the shortstop prospect Luisangel Acuña.
In between those seismic transactions, Verlander earned his 250th career victory, just six of which came with the Mets. He was 6-5 with a 3.15 E.R.A. for the Mets, who signed him last December for two years and $86.6 million, plus a $35 million vesting option for 2025.
That is an enormous commitment for a pitcher who turned 40 in February, but Steven A. Cohen, the Mets’ aggressive owner, was eager to spend whatever it took in pursuit of the franchise’s first championship since 1986. With the Mets distant in the wild-card race — they reached August with a 50-55 record — Cohen has treated the Scherzer and Verlander deals mostly as sunken costs, including significant cash in the trades to secure better prospects.
The Mets sent $35.5 million to the Rangers to help cover Scherzer’s contract, which will run through next season after he exercised his player option as a condition of the trade. The Mets also included another $35 million to the Astros in the Verlander move, and if Verlander secures the 2025 option — which triggers if he pitches 140 innings in 2024 and finishes the season healthy — the Mets will pay for half of that, too, according to the New York Post.
In effect, then, the Mets are paying more than $70 million to swap two aces who could help them in 2024 for three prospects who could help for many more seasons.
Acuña, 21, is the younger brother of Ronald Acuña Jr., the Atlanta Braves’ superstar right fielder. He is hitting .315 with 42 stolen bases in Class AA this season and is still growing into his power, with seven home runs in 84 games.
Gilbert, 22, was the Astros’ first-round pick in 2022 from the University of Tennessee. He is hitting .274 with an .821 on-base plus slugging percentage between high Class A and Class AA this season. Clifford, 20, has hit .291 with a .919 O.P.S. at two Class A levels.
Before the deals, the Mets had three players on MLB.com’s list of the sport’s top 100 prospects. Now they have five, with Acuña ranked 44th and Gilbert 68th. The others are catcher Kevin Parada (No. 39), shortstop Ronny Mauricio (No. 56) and shortstop Jett Williams (No. 79).
The Mets — who also traded closer David Robertson to Miami, outfielder Mark Canha to Milwaukee, outfielder Tommy Pham to Arizona and reliever Dominic Leone to the Los Angeles Angels — now face the question of who, exactly, will fill out their rotation.
Scherzer and Verlander were not especially dominant, but they were generally very good, combining to go 15-9 with a 3.61 E.R.A. in 35 starts this season. Kodai Senga has been excellent in his first M.L.B. season after coming over from Japan. But José Quintana was injured for the first half of the season and had made only two starts through Monday, and none of the team’s other starters have been close to league average.
By: Tyler Kepner
Title: Mets Continue to Deal, Sending Justin Verlander Back to Astros
Sourced From: www.nytimes.com/2023/08/01/sports/baseball/justin-verlander-trade-astros-mets.html
Published Date: Tue, 01 Aug 2023 23:07:33 +0000
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NFL MVP Odds: Tua Tagovailoa Is Now The Outright Leader Over Patrick Mahomes – originally posted on Sportslens.com
For the second time in three weeks, the Miami Dolphins put on a historic offensive showing on Sunday. They scored the 3rd most points in NFL history against the Broncos, even forfeiting a chance at breaking the record of 73. It was a well-rounded effort that thrived in both the rushing and passing attacks, and it has quarterback Tua Tagovailoa all by himself when it comes to the favorite to win the NFL’s MVP award.
Tua Tagovailoa Is Now The Overall Favorite For NFL MVP
Tua is on pace for:
5,600 passing yards
MVP. #FinsUp pic.twitter.com/Of98mwvs3M
— 𝙁𝙞𝙣𝙨 (@FinsPhanatics) September 25, 2023
The award was Patrick Mahomes’ to lose. The Chiefs quarterback is the reigning MVP of the NFL, and he entered the season with the shortest odds to repeat (+600). He was the outright favorite, but trailing close behind were guys like Josh Allen and Joe Burrow. Mahomes and the Chiefs got out to a rough start in Week 1, as did the other MVP candidates.
But not Tagovailoa. His 466 yard, 3 touchdown performance vaulted him to the top of the leader board, where he took a share of the lead with Mahomes at +650 going into Week 2. Tua’s performance against the Patriots in the second game was solid enough to keep him near the top, but the top of the leaderboard was cluttered heading into Week 3.
The clutter is gone. Tagovailoa led the Dolphins to their historic 70 point day, completing 89% of his passes en route to 309 yards and 4 touchdown passes. He achieved those numbers in just three quarters of play, and the oddsmakers at the sports books have taken notice.
Big Test For Tagovailoa And Miami In Week 4
Tua Tagovailoa ranks this season
Wins 3 t-1st
Pass Rating 121.9 1st
TD/att. 7.9% 1st
Yards/att. 10.1 1st
Yards/comp. 14.2 1st
he’s doing it again, you guys pic.twitter.com/9RscVnwqDu
— NFL on CBS (@NFLonCBS) September 25, 2023
As of Monday morning, Tagovailoa was listed as the heavy favorite to win the NFL MVP award, coming in at +400, the shortest of any MVP odds so far this season. Mahomes was listed at +700 at the time of writing, though that number is subject to heavy change. The public will believe that Mahomes will eventually win the MVP award until it is firmly taken out of his grasp, and the more that they bet on him with longer odds, the more his number will come down.
Will it last? Tagovailoa and the Dolphins will face their biggest test of the young season this coming Sunday, as they travel to Buffalo to face the division rival Bills. They have had one of the top-2 defenses in the league through the first three games, and are familiar with Tua and the Dolphins, having played against them three times last year.
The Bills are currently 2.5 point favorites for Sunday’s game.
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By: Anthony R. Cardenas
Title: NFL MVP Odds: Tua Tagovailoa Is Now The Outright Leader Over Patrick Mahomes
Sourced From: sportslens.com/news/nfl-mvp-odds-tua-tagovailoa-is-now-the-outright-leader-over-patrick-mahomes/
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