Jason Vargas Off to Fight His Fights with the Phillies

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Jason Vargas Off to Fight His Fights with the Phillies

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Although he does pitch occasionally, you are likely to best know Jason Vargas as the dude on the Mets who told a reporter in the Wrigley Field visitors clubhouse, “I’ll knock you the f*** out, bro.” Losing the Cubs really pisses people off, apparently.

And now Vargas will take his talents to the City of Brotherly Love:

I joke the jokes, but Vargas, 36, has actually gotten serviceable results this year (4.01 ERA, 3% better than league average), even as you won’t see anything interesting in his peripherals. As a back-end starter, he’s fine.

The Phillies are currently 6.5 games back in the East, behind both the Nationals and Braves, so their best path to the postseason is through a Wild Card berth – all the more reason to make a more modest rotation acquisition like Vargas, which will help cover for Jake Arrieta’s continued downturn as he deals with a bone spur.

As for the Mets, the addition of Marcus Stroman and return of Zack Wheeler (for now) left them with a surplus of starters. I suspect that surplus won’t last forever. But I don’t think they mind. Or something. Who knows with them. They are getting a 26-year-old glove-only AA catcher in the deal, by the way, so I’m thinking they were actually looking to save some cash. Have I mentioned that they had the Blue Jays throw money into the Stroman deal?

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.