On Monday, the Mets continued their trade deadline rotation reshuffling by trading one of their most reliable starters, Jason Vargas, and cash considerations to the Philadelphia Phillies for minor league catcher Austin Bossart.
Vargas, 36, was 6-5 with a 4.01 ERA in 19 games, 18 starts for the Mets this year, and in his penultimate start for the team last Tuesday, he threw six innings of 1-hit shutout ball against the Padres.
Mets Manager Mickey Callaway said after Vargas' start on Sunday when he beat the Pirates, "He's been pitching well all season. He is a leader. He's out there for every pitch of the game. He's a pro's pro."
This trade comes one day after the Mets made the surprising decision to trade for Marcus Stroman from the Toronto Blue Jays, and this move is as shocking because of how little they got back for a reliable veteran from a team in their division.
Vargas could haunt the Mets the final two months as they attempt a miracle (no pun intended) run for a wild card spot while they are still five games under .500 (at 50-55) despite a 10-5 record since the All-Star Break.
Bossart, 26, has hit .261 with 39 doubles, 18 homers and 112 RBI over five minor league seasons in the Phillies system. The 6-2, 210-pounder was selected in the 14th-round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft from the University of Pennsylvania.
In 63 games this season with Reading (AA) of the Eastern League, Bossart has seven doubles, seven homers and 28 RBI.
During his minor league career, Bossart has thrown out 115 of 316 (36.4 percent) of base runners.