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.