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Mets: Three potential trade destinations for Jason Vargas

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 03: Jason Vargas #44 of the New York Mets pitches against the New York Yankees during their game at Citi Field on July 03, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 03: Jason Vargas #44 of the New York Mets pitches against the New York Yankees during their game at Citi Field on July 03, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – MARCH 28: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies wears cleats with the Philly Phanatic cleats during the game against the Atlanta Braves on Opening Day at Citizens Bank Park on March 28, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

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Vargas is not a good match for the Philadelphia Phillies. Has that stopped them or other teams before from taking a chance? Pitching half of his games in Citizen’s Bank Ballpark could surely doom Vargas. Considering their lack of rotation depth, it’s a risk they may need to take.

The era of the Mets and Phillies not making trades is over with. Last year, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Bautista went to the Phillies in separate trades. For Cabrera, the Mets even received a pretty good pitching prospect, Franklyn Kilome. I don’t think they would be as lucky this year for a guy like Vargas.

Philadelphia at least attempted to push all of the chips into the middle of the table this past offseason when they deliver a $330 million contract to Bryce Harper. The results from him have been less than favorable. As they were loading up on bats, they completely ignored the starting rotation. They chose to go at it with the usual motley crew we’ve seen for the past few seasons. The result is some disarray when anyone not named Aaron Nola is on the mound.

Vargas is the exact level of pitcher we could see swap his Mets uniform for a Phillies’ one. In fact, I could almost see him going to any of the NL East rivals in contention. If the Atlanta Braves needed pitching bad enough, why not add Vargas for cheap? Even the recently productive Washington Nationals are a possibility although their greatest concern is still in the bullpen.

In past years, we would probably see Vargas traded in August. With just one trade deadline in MLB moving forward, any deal would have to happen in July.

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There is no ideal place for Vargas to go. As limited as he is with a horrible season just one year in the past, the Mets may have to consider shipping him to any team that will take him. All that matters is they get something back in return—preferably more than salary relief.

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