Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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How about a little appreciation for Jason Vargas? Granted, pitching against the Padres at Safeco Field isn’t exactly the toughest matchup in the world, but after his six-hit, complete-game shutout last night, he is now tied with James Shields for the American League lead with three shutouts.

OK, so I’m mostly mentioning this so I have an excuse to post a picture of the throwback unis the Mariners were wearing last night. Am I crazy for actually liking them?

Your Friday box scores:

Padres 0, Mariners 6

Phillies 7, Blue Jays 6

White Sox 6, Cubs 4

Giants 4, Tigers 3

Yankees 5, Mets 1

Indians 8, Reds 2

Cardinals 5, Rays 3

Marlins 5, Rangers 15

Pirates 1, Nationals 2

Orioles 0, Braves 4

Red Sox 7, Astros 5

Brewers 2, Twins 6

Royals 0, Rockies 9

Dodgers 5, Angels 0

Diamondbacks 4, Athletics 5

Mets sign Jose Lobaton to minor league deal

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The Mets signed catcher Jose Lobaton to a minor league contract, the team announced Friday. The deal includes an invitation to spring training, where it’s assumed Lobaton will be in the mix for a backup role behind Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki.

Lobaton, 33, is coming off of a four-year stint with the Nationals. He put up his worst career numbers in 2017, producing -0.6 fWAR after slashing just .170/.248/.277 with four home runs in 158 plate appearances. While he’ll give the Mets little to work with at the plate, his near-decade of experience behind the dish should make him a decent emergency option, if nothing else.

In the meantime, the Mets are expected to roll with a d’Arnaud/Plawecki platoon to start the season. Both catchers saw slight upticks in value over the 2017 season: d’Arnaud turned in 0.8 fWAR after hitting a career-high 16 home runs, while Plawecki collected 0.6 fWAR and three homers after raising his batting line over the Mendoza Line for the first time since 2015.