Another day, another Mariners trade: the Chicago White Sox have acquired righty reliever Thyago Vieira from Seattle for international slot money.
Vieira, 24, has been clocked as high as 103 mph. He made his major league debut with the M’s in August, throwing a single scoreless inning in garbage time loss to Baltimore. Despite that velocity, he only struck out 7.7 batters per nine innings in Double-A and Triple-A last year, and has a 7.4 K/9 ratio in 149 games over seven minor league campaigns. He’s a project.
Still, if your project starts with triple-digit heat, it’s not all bad.
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.