I would have preferred Jake Arrieta, but I like the signing of Jason Vargas. Two years for $16 million with a club option for 2020 isn’t a bad deal, especially for a left-hander pitched 179.2 innings and won 18 games.
What’s not to like?
Zack Wheeler reportedly isn’t happy, but that’s too bad because after all, he’s frequently injured and has only pitched in 66 games since 2013.
Assuming Vargas – who pitched for the Mets in 2007 – comes close in the next two years to start the 32 game he did last year [Jacob deGrom led the staff with 31].
He also is a stop-gap for Harvey possibly leaving and gives the Mets a left-handed option if Matz goes down again.
Manager Mickey Callaway echoed what I wrote the other day that a team “can’t have enough pitching.’’
While pitching coach with Cleveland Callaway undoubtedly saw Vargas pitch for the Royals.