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Logan Verrett's future with the Mets

Despite nice performances in relief and the occasional spot start, Verrett's role with next year's club is unclear.

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Last night Logan Verrett took the mound once again to start in place of Matt Harvey, looking solid over the course of five innings as the Mets defeated the Marlins 4-3. The 25-year-old dazzled fans the first time he started this season, throwing eight innings in Colorado and only allowing one run with eight strikeouts.

2015 has been an interesting year for Verrett. He was selected by the Texas Rangers in the Rule 5 draft and appeared in four games for them before being sent back to the Mets. In 10 games with the Mets this season, Verrett has a 1.93 ERA in 23.1 innings.

The Texas native is now a key part of the 2015 Mets, but his future is unclear. With three of the Mets' starting pitchers under workload restrictions, Verrett has been a reliable option for the Mets when they've need a spot start.

Next season, the Mets should be able to relax the innings limits on Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, and Steven Matz enough to where they won't need to skip starts or employ the six-man rotation. At some point, the Mets will get Zack Wheeler back from Tommy John surgery, though that probably won't happen until the summer. Even when he does return, his starts will be monitored and he will be under workload limits of his own.

That leaves the Mets with a rotation of Harvey, Syndergaard, Matz, Jacob deGrom, and Jon Niese until Wheeler is able to return. A full rotation shouldn't mean Verrett rots in Triple-A. The Mets are going to need to re-tool their bullpen again this offseason, and Verrett can become a sixth-inning man who can also make the occasional start when the Mets need to skip somebody—or if someone is lost due to injury.

Verrett has pitched well for the Mets this year, and has earned consideration for a spot in the bullpen next season. That success is admittedly in a small sample, but his modest success so far should translate nicely to a modestly important role in 2016.