By Rob Schardt
Jason Vargas has returned back to New York. The left handed veteran will get a second stint with the New York Mets, as the team hopes Vargas can be a solid innings eater and reliable starter. Vargas, who is coming off his best year in his 12-year career, accumulating a 18-11record, 179.2 innings pitched, a 4.16 era and 134 strikeouts for Kansas City.
Vargas was an All-Star last year who was considered to be the starter for the American League. The first half of the season he went 12-3 with a 2.62 ERA, looking extremely strong for the Royals. However, the second half was not as friendly for Vargas, as he finished the second half going 6-8 with a 6.38 ERA. Vargas was tied for fourth with his win total, creating a strong name for himself in this free agency class.
The question for the Mets now is what their rotation will look like. With the singing of Vargas, I imagine that Wheeler will be moved to the Bullpen, as this may be the best move for him. This way, the Mets have another lefty in their rotation creating a nice balance between Syndergaard, deGrom, and Harvey. This move makes a lot of sense for the Mets because the team did need a starter who can eat innings and can be the guy that will go out every fifth day and be a competitor. This is what Vargas brings to the table for the Mets.
With this addition, the Mets can definitely make a playoff push and can possibly dethrone the reining NL East champs, the Washington Nationals. Bearing any injury, I expect the Mets to be competitors in the National League this year.
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