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Call to the Pen Feb 14, 2019

New York Mets handing Jason Vargas the fifth starter role

The New York Mets had plenty of options to take over as their fifth starter for 2019. Instead, there will not be any competition for the job in Spring Training. Heading into Spring Training, the majority of the New York Mets rotation appeared to be set. The only question surrounded the fifth starter role, where […] New York Mets handing Jason Vargas the fifth starter role - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
NorthJersey.com Feb 14, 2019
The Mets are hoping Jason Vargas can bounce back in 2019, recapture All-Star form

The Mets are hoping Jason Vargas can bounce back in 2019, recapture All-Star form

The Mets have already decided that Jason Vargas will be the fifth starter. Vargas struggled in 2019.        

Jason Vargas will be the Mets fifth starter, while Peter Alonso will get a shot to win the first base job

PORT ST. LUCIE – Make no mistake about the Mets’ fifth starter. Mickey Callaway completed New York’s rotation on Wednesday when he named Jason Vargas as the Mets’ No. 5 starter heading into Opening Day. The announcement removes right-handers Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo from the competition. The...
Amazin Avenue Feb 12, 2019
One Last Move: Bartolo Colon

One Last Move: Bartolo Colon

The Mets should turn to an old friend to help shore up their rotation depth Welcome to One Last Move, where our writers pitch a move to the Mets that would close out their off-season and make the team better in 2019. In spite of the numerous upgrades the Mets have made this off-season, the one area that the team has not made much of an effort to bolster is the starting rotation. Granted, the top four combination of Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, and Steven Matz looks pretty solid on paper, but Jason Vargas is Jason Vargas, and the backup options in the event of an injury...
Amazin Avenue Feb 11, 2019
Digging into the Mets’ rotation depth

Digging into the Mets’ rotation depth

The Mets say they’re done with starting pitching, but have they done enough? With the Mets’ front office giving strong indications that they are finished bringing in potential starters, we can start to suss out what the sub-Jason Vargas contingent will look like. And though it leaves a lot to be desired, there are some interesting ways it could all shake out, particularly with a long injury history among the team’s top starters. The Mets have focused largely on bringing in potential starters on minor league deals and remaining open to pulling existing players from the bullpen to fill...
Amazin Avenue Feb 6, 2019
Mets Morning News for February 6, 2019

Mets Morning News for February 6, 2019

Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets The Mets announced their TV schedule for spring training games on Tuesday while WCBS announced which games will be on radio. Joel Sherman writes that the best group of lefty hitters in New York are on the Mets. The Mets remain undecided on if they want to sign pending free agent Zack Wheeler to a long-term deal. Jason Vargas talked about what his key to success will be this upcoming season. Former Met Jason Bay will be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Around the National League...
SNY TV Feb 5, 2019

Jason Vargas discusses what his key to success with Mets will be in 2019

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said in September that he intends for Jason Vargas to be in the team's rotation this coming season, a comment that is still being criticized by most Mets fans.
New York Post Feb 4, 2019

Veteran options Mets can weigh who could take Jason Vargas’ job

The Mets didn’t bolster their rotation with a free-agent addition until after spring training began last year and could take the same approach to Port St. Lucie, Fla., this season. With several veteran pitchers still on the market and the Mets searching for a proven arm to add depth, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen suggested...
Rising Apple Feb 3, 2019

Mets fans are actually arguing in favor of Jason Vargas over Gio Gonzalez

Some New York Mets fans appear to believe Jason Vargas is better than free agent Gio Gonzalez. Where is this coming from? In a side-by-side comparison, I thought for sure the majority of New York Mets fans would have sided with Gio Gonzalez over Jason Vargas. Vargas was unwatchable for most of 2018 while Gonzalez […] Mets fans are actually arguing in favor of Jason Vargas over Gio Gonzalez - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Rising Apple Feb 2, 2019

Mets: Jason Vargas’ biggest crime was preventing the signing of Gio Gonzalez

The New York Mets never really needed Jason Vargas and now they’re stuck with him. Worst of all, there’s little room to add someone like Gio Gonzalez. Foresight is a wonderful talent to have. It’s often used by baseball front offices to see what will become available and when. Teams will make the necessary adjustments […] Mets: Jason Vargas’ biggest crime was preventing the signing of Gio Gonzalez - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
New York Post Feb 1, 2019

Gio Gonzalez could be next piece to Mets’ overhaul

Could a former National League Cy Young Award contender be the final piece to the Mets’ starting rotation? According to industry sources, team officials have maintained dialogue with veteran left-hander Gio Gonzalez’s camp, as general manager Brodie Van Wagenen searches for a potential upgrade over Jason Vargas at the rotation’s back end. Adding Gonzalez or...
Rising Apple Feb 1, 2019

New York Mets pitcher Jason Vargas could use some competition

The New York Mets look ready to roll into Spring Training with Jason Vargas as the fifth starter and little competition to swipe it away from him. Last winter, the New York Mets inked Jason Vargas to a two-year $14 million deal to eat some innings as the fifth starter. Ironically enough, the Mets front […] New York Mets pitcher Jason Vargas could use some competition - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Call to the Pen Jan 28, 2019

New York Mets: Will Jason Vargas Bounce Back in 2019?

Jason Vargas struggled during his first season with the New York Mets. What can the team expect from the veteran lefty in 2019? The 2018 season was not kind to Jason Vargas. The left-handed starting pitcher began the year by signing a two-year, $16 million deal (with a team option for 2020) with the New York Mets. […] New York Mets: Will Jason Vargas Bounce Back in 2019? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Rising Apple Jan 25, 2019

Mets: Best and worst case scenarios for Jason Vargas in 2019

New York Mets pitcher Jason Vargas gave us a taste of a worst case scenario this past season. What would the absolute worst look like and what might be the best he can do? Jason Vargas has already become a New York Mets legend and not in the way he would have liked. His dreadful […] Mets: Best and worst case scenarios for Jason Vargas in 2019 - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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