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Author: Mike Phillips

Jason Vargas Signing Creates Competition For Last Two Spots In New York Mets’ Rotation

The New York Mets finally decided to add some stability to their rotation, signing lefty Jason Vargas to a two year deal yesterday. Vargas, who isn’t as flashy or possess as much talent as such as the other starters, but what he does offer is dependability. As a member of the Royals last season, Vargas pitched 179.2 innings, more than any member of the Mets’ current starters (outside of Jacob deGrom) last season. The Mets likely didn’t give Vargas $16 million to work out of the bullpen, so his arrival will bump one of the current starters out to...

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New York Mets Sign Jason Vargas To Two Year Deal

After sending out mixed messages about their intentions yesterday, the New York Mets took advantage of the weakened market for free agent starting pitching. The Mets have signed former Kansas City Royals’ lefty Jason Vargas to a two year deal worth $16 million, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports. Vargas, who went 18-11 with a 4.16 ERA in 179.2 innings for Kansas City last season, will also have an option for a third year on his deal, ESPN’s Jerry Crasick reports. This is a reunion of sorts for Vargas, who spent part of the 2007 season with the Mets before...

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New York Mets Sending Mixed Messages About Need For Another Starter

If there is one area where New York Mets’ fans are united, it is in their belief that the team needs another starting pitcher. Despite the encouraging words from new manager Mickey Callaway, Mets’ fans know that the rotation is a huge risk due to the history of injury problems from its current members. The Mets sent out mixed messages yesterday about their interest in another starter. General Manager Sandy Alderson told Matt Ehalt of that he doesn’t feel the urgency to add another starter, but Assistant GM John Ricco said the opposite to MLB Network Radio. Oct...

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Report: New York Mets Would Be Open To Trading Juan Lagares For Joe Panik

The New York Mets have spent the offseason touting Juan Lagares’ new swing, but it sounds like there’s a chance he won’t use it for the Mets at all. Former WFAN host Mike Francesa, who was a guest with WOR’s Sal Licata on Tuesday night, indicated that the Mets are open to dealing Lagares to the San Francisco Giants for second baseman Joe Panik, reports. Francesa also said that the Mets “like Panik a lot” and that he doesn’t know if the team will keep Lagares or not. Sep 22, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants...

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Rafael Montero Is Out of Minor League Options

The New York Mets figure to carry a 13 man pitching staff for most of the season, but at first glance it appears tough to find a home for Rafael Montero on it. The starting rotation is full if everyone stays healthy, and the bullpen’s first four spots are set with Jeurys Familia, A.J. Ramos, Jerry Blevins, and Anthony Swarzak locks to make the bullpen. That leaves four bullpen openings for guys like Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman, Hansel Robles, Paul Sewald, Montero, and any of the minor leaguers currently on the Mets’ 40 man roster. While Montero’s performance last...

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Spring Training Storylines For New York Mets

The 2018 season is one step closer to beginning. Pitchers and catchers reported to spring training today for the New York Mets, and the position players are due to report by the end of the week. Before long, we are in store for just over a month of exhibition games before the Mets open the 2018 season. Spring training will be key for new manager Mickey Callaway to set expectations and get his players to buy into the program. Here are some story lines to keep an eye on as camp progresses: Dec 12, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; New...

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Zack Wheeler Underwent Bone Strengthening Injections For The Last Six Months

The New York Mets’ starting rotation has a (well earned) reputation as injury prone. The poster child for the injury prone rotation is Zack Wheeler, who has made only 17 starts since the end of the 2014 season due to various injuries. Wheeler missed two full seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery before a stress reaction ended his 2017 season by July. The Mets are hoping to get more out of Wheeler this season, and Wheeler has taken matters into his own hands to try and stay on the field. Wheeler has been receiving bone strengthening injections in his...

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