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Phillies Upgrade Rotation with Acquisition of Jason Vargas

Vargas is 6-5 this season but is 5-3 with a 3.34 ERA in his last twelve starts

Photo Courtesy of The National Herald

The Philadelphia Phillies added a starting pitcher to their rotation on Monday by acquiring veteran Jason Vargas from the New York Mets.

Bossart was a 14th round choice for the Phillies back in 2015 and is more known for his defensive skills rather than what he can do at the plate. This season for Double-A Reading, Bossart is hitting .195 with a .638 OPS in 63 games this season.

Philadelphia needed to make a deal to add a starting pitcher if they were serious about making a playoff run this year which they should be considering they made waves last offseason adding the likes of JT Realmuto and Bryce Harper.

Vargas will help them as he is having a solid 14th season as a major league pitcher with a 6-5 record with a 4.01 ERA in 19 appearances (18 starts). However, over his last 12 starts, Vargas is 5-3 with a 3.34 ERA.

He also brings some postseason experience with him should the Phillies make it to October. Vargas was a member of the 2014 Royals team that advanced to the World Series where he went 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA in three postseason starts that season.

Add in the fact that the Mets also sent cash to help cover a portion of his remaining salary of this season, it’s a low-risk move for the Phillies who are at least attempting to make a postseason push.

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