Mets executives aren’t pleased with left-hander Jason Vargas following his recent threat to a reporter in the clubhouse, an unnamed Mets official tells Wallace Matthews of Yahoo Sports. “We’re all angry with him,” says the official before rhetorically asking, “Think he’ll be here next year?” The incident could very well push Vargas out the door before the trade deadline, Matthews writes, as both ownership and the front office are “incensed” that Vargas has not simply apologized — which led to the team fielding questions regarding the incident even during this week’s ceremony to honor Tom Seaver. Matthews cites a second official who was “at a loss to explain Vargas’ hostility,” and COO Jeff Wilpon again addressed the issue and expressed regret and apologies in speaking with Matthews. While the $10K fine issued to Vargas didn’t even qualify as a slap on the wrist, Matthews notes that a team cannot issue a larger fine without being subject to a grievance from the MLBPA. Vargas clearly hasn’t helped his standing with the Mets, but he’s at least pitched well of late; he has a 2.55 ERA with 8.1 K/9, 3.6 BB/9 and a 42 percent grounder rate over his last 11 starts (60 innings).
More Mets chatter as their downward spiral continues…
- Zack Wheeler has had an uneven season but still seems like an obvious trade candidate barring a miraculous turnaround for the Mets. The 29-year-old is a free agent at season’s end, and while he’s sitting on a 4.51 ERA, Wheeler’s 3.75 FIP and 3.88 xFIP are more encouraging. Throw out the first two ugly outings of the season, and Wheeler has a 3.95 ERA with a 106-to-23 K/BB ratio over a span of 98 innings. Wheeler addressed the writing that’s on the wall when speaking with Mike Puma of the New York Post. “It’s there,” said Wheeler. “The trade deadline is coming up and there is no way around it, we need to start winning some games or some guys are going to start getting traded out of here. … It’s tough, because this is where you want to win, it’s New York and these are my guys and this is the group I want to win with.”
- While the Mets look like probable sellers, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com tweets that the team might be a bit quieter than many would expect. Although the organization has little choice but to trade Wheeler, the other moves might not bring a great return. The club will likely try to move Vargas and Todd Frazier for some salary relief, but the returns on such deals would be limited even with Vargas throwing fairly well of late. As Puma writes in his aforementioned column, the Mets’ previous front office regime frequently had to settle for marginal returns on veteran players due to ownership’s unwillingness to pay down much of the salaries still owed to players such as Addison Reed and Jay Bruce, among several others.
- Injured reliever Jeurys Familia is progressing toward a return, DiComo reports. The right-handed Familia, on the injured list with shoulder problems since June 18, was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Friday at the Single-A level. His rehab stint could last more than just a game or two, DiComo notes, as the Mets would like Familia to show some of his past form before returning to the majors. The Mets reunited with Familia last offseason on a three-year, $30MM contract, which has been a disastrous investment for the team three months into the campaign. The 29-year-old Familia has endured two IL stints because of shoulder troubles and notched a 7.81 ERA/6.11 FIP with 9.11 K/9 and 6.83 BB/9 during the 27 2/3 innings he has pitched.
“Salary savings” the Wilpons are scumbags and so is Manfred for shielding them
it’s kinda ironic how now that Vargas is actually pitching well the Mets are gonna force him out cause of the reporter incident but when he had a 20.00 era they kept him around. Not much more Mets then that coming from one of their fans lol
Your bum manager is asking for a reporter to be thrown out of the room because he doesn’t like the line of questioning after yet after terrible loss. Then you got this clown Vargas threatening to knock that said reporter out. If the Mets had any integrity in their leadership, they would have fired them both on the spot.
surely you know that’s not how it works, right? hyperbole is nice and all, but no team would have gotten rid of both (or either) on the spot
Besides baseball, what else are you clueless about?
Hey clout-the Wilpon’s are short on integrity and cash-the two things that are needed to run a professional team properly.
This is isn’t “Blame it on Bernie Madoff” time either. They are bankrupt and their ownership is a farce.
Bud Seelig should feel shame for giving them a lifeline instead of showing them the door like lFrank McCourt. We all know how that low spot in Dodgers history has lead to a legitimate winning franchise again.
Even without any WS championships they make their fans proud…something lacking for sane NL fans living in NYC.
It’s time to blow it up I would keep Alonso,Mcneil, JD Davis, deGrom,maybe Conforto and Lugo and trade the rest.
If someone really wants Syndergaard attach Cano with some $$ to it.
If someone wants Wheeler or Matz attach Familia with him, this might be a way to get rid of these guys..
The Mets need a CF with speed ,a young Catcherand definitely a whole new bullpen.
I’m going to guess that none of this is going to happen.
Cano has a NO TRADE & ONLY WANT S TO PLAY IN N.Y.
So somebody is going to take on an anchor in Cano for an oft injured SP? Not to mention Cano’s NTC. There is truly such a limited set that could and of those that could there’d be basically zero want or need. Then somebody is going to take on an oft injured ineffective RP for a rental? I sincerely hope you don’t get your hopes up. Those contracts are sunk, and no one is going to bite.
They might as well just keep the contracts, but trade off the guys that do have some value…Just get the best prospects you can get, hold on to DeGrom, McNeil, Conforto, Dom Smith, JD Davis, Pete the lumberjack Alonso, Nimmo, and then also hold onto Nido to catch DeGrom…lol DeGrom’s splits when Nido is catching him vs Ramos are pretty insane…
I’d say everyone else, that has value, if you can get a quality prospect or two take what you can get and move on…The exception to that would be Familia and Diaz, both really need to boost their value back first..
Here’s the prospects that you can get for all of the overrated, over paid and over the hill players that you propose trading: $1.00. That’s it. Take it Fred, it could be your last dollar.
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Michael Conforto had a big one in 2016, before re-establishing himself as one of the game’s best young hitters. You clearly don’t understand how numbers work if you think the Mets are going to give up on Brandon Nimmo, who is just 26 and has club control until 2023 (please let me know if you want some of this “advanced terminology” clarified), a guy who posted a 149 wRC+ just one season ago in a full season, over a mere poor stretch of 160 at-bats. Ignorant. Nimmo is absolutely part of the team’s future plans.
Gotta believe in something lol
I believe I’ll have another beer
I think the team is stuck with Cano. I wish Texas would trade for Vargas and Snydergaad.
Wow. Isn’t it great to watch your team spend a TON of $ for long term deals on guys like Familia and Cano just to watch it fall completely apart right away? Mets fans know they now have to sit here for years watching these guys perform terribly while eating up tons of team salary. They didn’t even get the benefit of watching them perform well for even a little bit before the team paid them way too much. Usually it’s a deal where a team pays a guy too much for too long but they are really just paying that much so they can have the player during the first few years while that player is uber productive. Not the Mets. They still love paying too much for too long but they only want the bad years. Why acquire a .300 hitter when you can wait until he turns into a .200 hitter and then over pay him? Have you ever made a decision and then felt immidiate regret? Like if you could just go back in time a few measly seconds and change your decision it will make your life so much better? That is what every decision the Mets ever make is like. I’m not talking about decisions like ordering the wrong thing to eat at a restaurant. I’m talking about long term life impacting decisions. I can’t wait to see what they do to Mets everything up even worse at the trade deadline.
now do the marlins!!
Yep it is
Funny they are upset at someone standing up for his Mgr. when they constantly show they don’t care about their fans. It is all about being cheap.
exactly and despite how bad it looks there’s got to be more to the story like Vargas said for the reactions to be so harsh…Wilpon’s, pfft…and BVW relying on his former clients is a fair warning in the future of hiring an agent into a gm role…again pfft
sorry about double reply don’t know what happened
I love that theyre complaining about Vargas and not callaway
“Unnamed source” bad mouthing Vargas. Nice reporting.
JD Davis is the best player on the team!
Look the bright side of things.. Familia is on his way back.. lol.
Pretty easy to fix all this:
1) demote Calloway to pitching/bench coach or let him walk
2) bring in a manager that is not necessarily popular with his players – meaning he has the balls to get in someone’s face or bench the vet who is terrible (Cano) and play McNeil at 2b
3) Frazier is hitting and healthy. That does not happen often. Trade him to any contender for anything you can get before he gets hurt or goes cold. Find out if JD Davis is your 3b NOW before going into the off season.
4) find a veteran SS to mentor Rosario and leave the kid alone.
5) send Syndergaard, Vargas, Lagares and Cano (eat their contracts) to the Padres for Wingenter, Renfroe and 2 prospects.
6) send Wheeler and Smith to the Yankees for Frazier and any one of their young 2b/ss/3b
7) send Matz and Ramos to the Dodgers for catching prospect Ruiz and any center fielder in the organization.
8) send Lugo, Nimmo and Gsellman to the A’s for any shortstop above AA – they are stacked with SS prospects.
9) that leaves deGrom, Alonso, McNeil, Rosario, Davis, Conforto and Diaz. Blow it up, Brodie, this is a 4th place team now when healthy.
Why on Earth would the Pads take Cano, Lagares & Vargas AND give you something in return? Cano is on the Mets for life now. At least they got the stud closer for taking him.
The Dodgers has no interest in Ramos, and his defensive limitations in the offseason. He’s still not a fit. Matz is redundant to this team, and if they are going to part with Ruiz they’d shoot in a package for elite. The Mets aren’t getting Ruiz. Just think about it logically they would have parted with their top prospect and addressed zero needs. None of these thoughts are realistic tbh.
TRADE THEM AWAY AND START FRESH NEXT YEAR!!!
Guarantee the Wontpons will get ZERO in return as they did in the past. Looks like a lean next two years for Mets Fans.
TIME TO BOYCOTT?
From the reports, seems like Vargas was taking up for his manager who had the problem with the writer, Tim Healey. And then Vargas took it too far. This starts with the manager. If you do not like the writer, and Healey could very well be deemed unlikable, there is a different approach. Callaway could have said or did something in a different way to fire up the team. The team needs to wake up, and he went about the situation the wrong way. Then there’s Vargas….
As much as he should apologize, he doesn’t HAVE to apologize. Now this incident has had a longer shelf life than necessary. Starts with the manager.
Vargas is probably insanely popular in clubhouse for sticking up for manager/team. Probably even more so with this ticked off Wilpons story. $10,000 well spent.
I noticed a smell passing through Flushing on the Grand Central Parkway. Then I remembered…it’s the Mets perennial dumpster fire!
More Mets pc garbage. First we have no idea what actually happened. A guy shows some life and the Mets are just so “ooohhh mad.” He’s pitching better so it’s time to dump him. Mets suck.
Fans should boycott for next year.Fans shouldn’t reup their season tickets,this will show the Wilpons the fans mean business.I would love to see 5000 fans for open day and those fans shouldn’t show up. This team is garbage,to have a team in New York like this, the owner should be embarrass. Better yet please sell !!!
Funny how this only makes me like Vargas more.
ghost of dave kingman
Only under amateur owners like the Wilpon’s can their team honor in memorium jim Gosger and Jesse Hudson in a video for the 1969 team.
Both players are still alive.
You can’t make this stuff up. Incompetent idiots.