The Mets continue their trade deadline moves, but they're sellers this time.
Veteran starter Jason Vargas is being dealt to the Mets' NL East rival in the Phillies, SNY's Andy Martino reported on Monday. The Mets made the deal official with an announcement.
In return, the Phillies are sending Double-A catcher Austin Bossart to the Mets, according to multiple reports. Bossart, 26, is slashing .195/.303/.335 with seven homers and 28 RBI in 63 games with the Reading Fightin Phils. He is more of a defensive catcher, with a 35 caught stealing percentage.
The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal is hearing that the Mets are sending $2.9 million to Philadelphia as well, saving $2 million in the process. The Mets are virtually paying the remaining salary that Vargas is owed for the season, but that $2 million they save is the same price the Phillies would have to buy Vargas out for next season. He still has a $8 million option for the 2020 season.
Martino has been reporting that Vargas was generating interest, and he was likely to be dealt before the deadline. He did say that he would be traded "after the bigger names fall," but the biggest name went to the Mets in Marcus Stroman. Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler are also Mets that could be moved by GM Brodie Van Wagenen.
The 36-year-old is having himself a solid year after a rough 2018 season, pitching to the tune of a 4.01 ERA over 19 games. After a rough start to the season (5.75 ERA in April/March), Vargas found his groove with his stellar control and solid off-speed pitches as he posted a 2.76 ERA.