The San Francisco Giants are having a much better season than they were expected to heading into 2023.
The team is only three games back of first place in the NL West behind the Los Angeles Dodgers and they currently are tied for the top Wild Card spot with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
But as the trade deadline approaches, they could be in the market for some starting pitching help.
According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, San Francisco is a team that could potentially take a look at New York Mets right-hander Justin Verlander, should he become available and potentially waive his no-trade clause.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 22, 2023
The Mets have come to within 6.5 games of the final Wild Card spot in the National League.
However, they still have plenty of ground to make up, and if they are unable to, it’s always possible that Verlander or even Max Scherzer could be made available.
San Francisco has Logan Webb at the top of its rotation.
They also have Anthony DeSclafini, Alex Cobb, and Alex Wood in their rotation.
But another frontline presence would make them a serious threat to catch the Dodgers in the NL West.
Verlander could be a piece that they covet at the trade deadline.
Morosi notes that several other teams are in on Verlander in the event that he waives his no-trade clause.
The Giants own a record of 54-44 heading into Saturday’s matchup against the Washington Nationals.
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