By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Philadelphia Phillies acquired starting pitcher Jason Vargas on Monday. The New York Mets added catching prospect Austin Bossart.
In addition, the Phillies are also reportedly covering $2 million of his salary and next year’s buyout. So, this appears to be a few months deal.
The 36-year-old had an $8 million club option for the 2020 season. However, that has been voided because the Phillies are paying him the aforementioned $2 million.
The Apple Valley, California native will now join his sixth MLB team. Besides playing for the Mets, he also played for the Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Florida Marlins, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
This season, he is 6-5 in 19 games, including 18 starts. He also has one game that he finished, one complete game, and one shutout.
Vargas has allowed 45 runs (42 earned runs), including 14 home runs, on 81 hits over 94 1/3 innings. He also has 81 strikeouts and 39 walks.
He last pitched for the Mets on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Vargas received the win after allowing three runs (three earned runs) in 5 2/3 innings.
Vargas will join a starting rotation that is led by Aaron Nola, according to MLB’s Phillies depth chart. Jake Arrieta is the team’s No. 2 pitcher.
After these two pitchers, the rest of the rotation has been shaky at best. This includes Zach Eflin, Vincent Velasquez, and newly acquired Drew Smyly.