The Philadelphia Phillies have taken left-hander Jason Vargas in a trade deal with division rival New York Mets.
The Mets got in the deal the little league star Austin Bossart, who could help to improve a Phillies star rotation that has been battling throughout the season. Vargas owes $ 2,666,667 from his $ 8 million salary for the remainder of this season, and his contract provides for a club option of $ 8 million for 2020 with a $ 2 million buy-out before games – 18 starts – this season. The 14-year-old veteran had a terrible start, but was able to hold his own in the last two months and scored a 5: 3 with an ERA of 3.34 on his last 12 starts.
The Phillies (55: 50) are sixth behind Atlanta Braves (62-44) in the National League East, despite their entry on Monday with a combined ERA of 4.59, which is the fifth-worst mark for their starting pitchers in the league.
The train also marks the second substantial exchange of so many days with the Mets who made their headlines on Sunday through the acquisition of star right-handed Marcus Stroman of the Toronto Blue Jays in the clubhouse.
Jeff Passan and The Associated Press of ESPN contributed to this report.