Ex-Rule 5 pick Ver­rett re­turns

Right-hander ac­quired from Mets for cash; Du­quette lauds abil­ity to start, re­lieve

Baltimore Sun - - ORIOLES & MLB - By Ed­uardo A. Encina eencina@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/Ed­dieInTheYard

The Ori­oles re­united with right-handed pitcher Lo­gan Ver­rett, who was one of the team’s Rule 5 draft picks two years ago, ac­quir­ing him Wed­nes­day from the New York Mets for cash con­sid­er­a­tions.

Ver­rett was 3-8 with a 5.20 ERA in 35 games (12 starts) for the Mets last sea­son. He opened the sea­son as a swing­man with New York, com­pil­ing a 0.93 ERA in his first nine games (two starts), but did his best out of the bullpen. Ver­rett had a 2.84 ERA in 312⁄ in­nings as a re­liever.

Ori­oles executive vice pres­i­dent Dan Duqette said Ver­rett’s abil­ity to work as a starter and a re­liever was an at­trac­tive com­mod­ity.

“Good, solid, de­pend­able kid,” Du­quette said. “Ev­ery staff needs a pitcher who can pitch mul­ti­ple roles like Lo­gan Ver­rett. Glad to have him back with [the] O’s.”

When the Ori­oles took Ver­rett as their se­cond Rule 5 pick from the Mets in 2014, he had to re­main on the ma­jor league ros­ter for the en­tire sea­son or be of­fered back.

But in reac­quir­ing him in a trade, the Ori­oles are free of those re­stric­tions. Ver­rett, 26, has one mi­nor league op­tion re­main­ing.

In his pre­vi­ous stint with the Ori­oles, Ver­rett had a 1.93 ERA in 14 Grape­fruit League in­nings in 2015. He al­lowed just one earned run over his fi­nal nine spring train­ing in­nings, but the Ori­oles were un­able to carry him on their Open­ing Day ros­ter. The team’s other Rule 5 pick, right-hander Ja­son Gar­cia, did re­main with the club for the en­tire sea­son.

Ver­rett was then claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers, who ac­quired him un­der the same Rule 5 re­stric­tions, and was then re­turned to the Mets.

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The Ori­oles took Lo­gan Ver­rett from the Mets as a Rule 5 pick in 2014 but had to re­turn him when he didn’t make the Open­ing Day ros­ter. He was 3-8 with a 5.20 ERA in 35 games in 2016.

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