The Philadelphia Phillies, in desperate need of pitching, have traded for New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas. In the deal, the team has also received cash considerations and they’ve sent minor-league catcher Austin Bossart to the Mets.
Analyzing the Trade
This is a nice pickup. Vargas has been around the league for a long time, but he can still get people out at the major league level.
So far this season he has posted a 4.01 ERA in 94.1 innings.
Vargas also does a good job of limiting traffic on the bases, posting a WHIP of 1.272 this season.
Philadelphia is in desperate need of pitching at the deadline if they are going to make a strong run into the postseason, and while Vargas isn’t an elite pitcher, this is a good start in attempting to adding some pitching.
There will also be a club option on Vargas at the end of this season so they can still keep him around if they so choose.
For New York
This is minor. Vargas has been solid for them this season, but they are not a playoff contender.
Austin Bossart is a light-hitting catching prospect so New York is unlikely to have gotten a guy who will be an established major league pitcher out of this deal, but that’s to be expected when you trade a guy like Jason Vargas. It’s just a shot in the dark.
The Mets’ plan is hard to figure out. They just traded for Marcus Stroman, which would indicate they’re trying to improve, but now they have dealt Vargas and they are still rumored to possibly be trading Noah Syndergaard, although they are likely only going to trade him for major league ready talent.
New York is a team to watch going into the deadline.
This deal is minor, but Philadelphia needs pitching and they didn’t have to give up much of anything to get a quality veteran pitcher.
As stated above, New York will be a team to watch going into the deadline because their plan is unclear.
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