Sending Jason Vargas to Philadelphia
Trade Two: RHP Jason Vargas to the Philadelphia Phillies for Double-A catcher Austin Bossart, Grade: B
Jason Vargas’ Mets career may be over, but may we never lose this tweet:
On a serious note, to his credit, Vargas proved all his early-season doubters wrong with his respectable 3.35 ERA since April 14th. As one of those doubters, I remember calling for his head in April; only to eat my own words as Vargas would go on to pitch much better as the season went on.
And for that, I not only respect him much more as a player, but also thank him as a fan.
In terms of the Mets return, Austin Bossart is supposed to be outstanding defensive catching prospect, which will make things interesting in the Mets farm system since Bossart will now be indirectly competing against both the Mets No. 5 prospect, Francisco Alvarez and No. 17 prospect, Ali Sanchez who, respectively, are considered to be great defensive catchers with high ceilings for their stability behind the plate.
For that reason, I give this seemingly inconsequential trade a B.
The way I see it, there’s nothing but upside and virtually no risk. If Bossart turns out to be a serviceable Major Leaguer behind the plate, then he will have been worth giving up a veteran, close to the end of his career.
And if he doesn’t, it was still worth trading away a veteran pitcher who was never considered a core player that would make or break the Mets playoff chances.
If anything, the Mets got something for Vargas.