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Mets to sign Jason Vargas


Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Mets and Jason Vargas have agreed to terms on a contract. It’s a two-year deal worth $16 million with an option for 2020, reports Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. The pact is pending a physical.

Vargas led the AL in wins with 18 and made the All-Star Game last year. After the break, however, he was a disaster. He went 12-3 with a 2.62 ERA before the break and 6-8 with a 6.38 ERA from mid-July through the end of the season. It was a lot of smoke and mirrors for him in the first half, basically. His peripherals were not pretty.

Still, he’s an arm. A pretty durable one before his injury-plagued 2015-16 and after it as well. The Mets know better than anyone that you can’t have enough starters around.

The Milwaukee Brewers perform “The Sandlot”

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A lot of teams do funny promo videos during spring training. The Seattle Mariners have led the league in this category for years now, with their marketing and p.r. folks producing and a lot of game and sometimes hammy players starring in some excellent clips. They’re doing them again this year, if you’re curious.

The Milwaukee Brewers have hopped on the humor train in 2018, and their latest entry in this category of commercials is excellent. It’s their riff on “The Sandlot.”

The biggest difference: Smalls really could kill you in this one. Brett Phillips is a lot more jacked than the kid who played Scotty in the original was.

The Beast, however, is just as terrifying now as he was in 1993.