The Mariners announced on Wednesday night that the club acquired infielder Ryon Healy from the Athletics in exchange for pitcher Emilio Pagan and infielder Alexander Campos.
Healy, 25, finished the 2017 campaign batting .271/.302/.451 with 25 home runs and 78 RBI across 605 plate appearances. He spent most of his time as a DH, but played first and third base as well. Healy found himself relegated to DH duty with the emergence of Matt Olson and Matt Chapman at the corner infield spots, so the A’s had been letting teams know Healy was available for trade. Healy is under team control through 2022 and will enter his first year of arbitration eligibility after the 2019 season.
In a statement, GM Jerry DiPoto said of Healy, “Ryon brings a power bat to our lineup at first base, while providing the flexibility to play third base. He adds to a growing core of productive young players who impact our present and future.”
Pagan, 26, made his major league debut last season. He appeared in 34 games as a reliever, accruing a 3.22 ERA with a 56/8 K/BB ratio in 50 1/3 innings.
Campos, 17, made his professional debut with the Mariners’ Dominican Summer League team. He hit .290/.413/.367 in 254 trips to the plate. He played mostly shortstop, but also spent time at second and third base.
Mets left-hander Jason Vargas has a non-displaced fracture of the hamate bone in his right hand, the team announced Sunday. Vargas sustained the injury after taking a comebacker off of his hand on Friday and is expected to consult with a hand specialist later today as the team settles on a course of action. Comments from GM Sandy Alderson indicate that surgery is a possibility, though the left-hander may also pitch through it for the time being.
Vargas, 35, signed a two-year, $16 million pact with the team last month. He completed a four-year run with the Royals in 2017, earning his first career All-Star nomination with an 18-11 record in 32 starts and producing a 4.16 ERA, 2.9 BB/9 and 6.7 SO/9 over 179 2/3 innings. Prior to the incident, the southpaw was expected to help fill out the back end of the Mets’ Opening Day rotation.
Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News estimates that Vargas will likely miss the start of the season as he faces a two- to six-week recovery period. It’s a disappointing turn of events for a pitching staff that has been absolutely ravaged by injuries over the last couple of years.