From Tim Britton of The Athletic, Callaway said that “the team has considered the bullpen at some point for Vargas, believing he can have value there if it comes to that.” Although management still thinks that the “best version” of the Mets “has Vargas performing well in the rotation.”
Since signing the 35-year-old left-hander to a two-year, $16 million deal before the season, nearly nothing has gone right for Jason Vargas.
He broke the hamate bone in his non-throwing hand toward the end of Spring Training, delaying his Mets debut until April 28.
Since then, he’s made just eleven starts (47 innings pitched), owning an 8.23 earned-run average, a 6.15 FIP, and a 1.787 WHIP.
Vargas’ career numbers signified that he would be a viable option for the back-end of the Mets rotation. Over 259 appearances (239 starts), he’s pitched to a 4.42 ERA and 1.327 WHIP.
Last season for the Kansas City Royals, Vargas threw 179.2 innings, was an American League All-Star, and finished the year with an 18-11 record, a 4.67 ERA and a 108 ERA+, giving the team even more hope for success.
Needless to say, things haven’t worked out exactly to plan for the player or the team, in this instance.