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Mets: Jason Vargas on the radar

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KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 10: Jason Vargas
KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 10: Jason Vargas /
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The Mets are finally looking for some back end of the rotation help.

According to Mike Puma, they may have 35-year-old starter Jason Vargas on their radar:

Vargas had just about an average season last year. He posted a 4.16 ERA on the year, but that’s also just about what his career average is as well. Vargas would be no stranger in Queens. He actually started two games for the Mets back in 2007. Resulting in a spectacularly swollen 12.19 ERA.

But his track record with Dave Eiland in Kanas City should ease the minds of Mets fans should they decide to bring him back to Queens. It certainly would be preferable over a Tommy Malone situation. Lest we see the likes of Tyler Pill again as well. Vargas is a durable option that the Mets may need to fall back on. He pitched 179 innings last season and won 18 games. He doesn’t walk a ton of guys and posts about 6.7 strikeouts per 9 innings. The only glaring concern I would say is that his FIP is on the higher side at 4.67. However, his win percentage since 2012 seems to have remained above .500. Which means one way or another his team was able to get him in the W column. And should the Mets decide to sign him, they’ll have to step up to be that team.

Durability is one thing this rotation has lacked since these young arms debuted. Sure, the Mets will always have Robert Gsellman and maybe Seth Lugo. (Wait, what happened to that guy? Is he a ghost like David Wright?) Rafael Montero is probably on life number seven of his nine, so there’s no doubt he’ll be making some appearances again.

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The bottom line is, for the right price, this wouldn’t be a terrible one year signing for the Mets. It’s always good to have options. Low risk, low reward.

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