Jason VargasThe defeat of the Mets took a new turn on Saturday in Atlanta, where the southpaw could not survive the first leg against rival Braves. Vargas pulled out only one of the six batters that he faced, the others having managed two singles and three walks, and allotted four earned runs. After the 11-7 loss to the Mets, manager Mickey Callaway has raised the possibility of avoiding Vargas's next start, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.
"It's just not going out the outs," Callaway said. "That's really all I can say."
Callaway has already overtaken a departure from Vargas earlier this season, but he is reluctant to take him out of the rotation for lack of alternatives, DiComo said. Outside the rotation of the Mets, the left-handed Triple-A Hector Santiago is the most experienced starter in the organization. The minor league signing out of season is not on the list of 40 Mets players and has not been an effective major player in recent years. Meanwhile, Corey Oswalt, Chris Flexen, Walker Lockett and Drew Gagnon occupy seats for 40 players, although no members of this group have been successful in the limited action major leagues. Relief Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman Callaway spoke of it as potential replacements for Vargas (via Mike Puma of the New York Post), but moving to the rotation would weaken the pen.
The best bet of the Mets is perhaps to sign the left-handed free agent Dallas Keuchelstill unemployed in mid-April despite an excellent record in large. The price asked by the former Astro has dropped in recent weeks, which could make it more attractive for the Mets. Yet there is "a lot of skepticism," adds Keuchel, Puma is reporting. The two sides have been in contact since at least last month, however, and if things do not improve at the end of their rotation, the Mets may continue to be serious about Keuchel. Even if the Mets were to ink Keuchel at the moment, it is unclear when the 31-year-old would be ready to start the rotation, since he did not participate in a match (significant or exhibition) since last October. He would probably need time to get involved, which would leave the Mets still in an awkward situation for a while.
The club signed a $ 16 million two-year contract with Vargas prior to last season, in the hope that it would serve as an acceptable complement to his team. Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz. Instead, the 36-year-old scored a worthless 6.32 ERA / 5.22 FIP in 98 1/3 innings and has averaged less than five frames per start since receiving his contract. . Vargas has undoubtedly been a handicap in New York, and the question of whether the team can continue to rely on him as she fights for a title in the highly competitive NL East is in question.